TESS HOL­L­I­DAY 2011: Den­tal re­cep­tion­ist, while mod­el­ling on the side

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2017: The Not So Sub­tle Art Of Be­ing A Fat Girl: Lov­ing The Skin You’re In is pub­lished

“I’d al­ways joked that I should write a book be­cause I have lived such a big life. When the op­por­tu­nity came up, I thought, ‘This is my time.’ Open­ing up about my per­sonal life was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The re­cep­tion was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, though. I’ve had women say that be­cause of my book they re­alised their part­ners were abu­sive and left them.”

2015: Model, H&M sus­tain­able fash­ion cam­paign, along­side Iggy Pop and Daniel Lis­more

“It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to be in­volved with a high-street cam­paign, be­cause at that time, they hadn’t used a plus-size model be­fore – also, to be in some­thing with Iggy Pop was sur­real.”

2013: Launched #effy­ourbeauty stan­dards cam­paign via In­sta­gram

“I cre­ated this out of frus­tra­tion. I was an­gry and sad that peo­ple kept com­ment­ing on my pic­tures say­ing, ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’ And then one night I was ly­ing in bed and thought, ‘F*ck that!’ So I posted an im­age with four pho­to­graphs of my­self wear­ing things that fat women are of­ten told we ‘can’t wear’, and en­cour­aged oth­ers to do the same. That hash­tag has now been used 3.2 mil­lion times!”

2011: The face of re­al­ity TV se­ries Heavy

“It was tricky to balance the two jobs. There were days where I would work at the den­tal of­fice from 8am to 5pm, then drive two hours into LA for a job. Then I’d get up and do it all over again the next day. At that time I was earn­ing about £19,000 a year, which is a frac­tion of what I earn now.”

2009: No­ticed af­ter post­ing pic­tures to Model May­hem web­site

“The pho­tos were very gothy. I re­mem­ber lov­ing them at the time, but now I look back and I’m quite em­bar­rassed. But hey, we all have to start some­where! Some­one en­cour­aged me to post the pho­tos there, and I thought, ‘What do I have to lose by do­ing this?’”

2003-2015: Make-up artist, var­i­ous fash­ion shows

“I was a free­lance make-up artist from 2003 to 2015. It was the nat­u­ral thing to do be­cause make-up has al­ways been a pas­sion of mine, and it showed me how fast-paced the mod­el­ling world can be. It was a rush, and I re­alised how much I wanted to be on the other side. It pushed me to go af­ter my dreams.”

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