Sunday 21 October 2018

Size 22 plus-size model Tess Holliday says 'a lot of' designers refuse to dress her

Tess Holliday attends the SimplyBe 'Curve Catwalk' photocall on September 14, 2017 in Soho, London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images,)
Tess Holliday attends the SimplyBe 'Curve Catwalk' photocall on September 14, 2017 in Soho, London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images,)
Model Tess Holliday attends the Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Model & Speaker Tess Holliday attends Girlboss Rally Hosted By Sophia Amoruso's Girlboss on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Girlboss Media)
Model Tess Holliday attends P.S. ARTS and OneWest Bank's Express Yourself 2016 at Barker Hangar on November 13, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for P.S. ARTS)
Model Tess Holliday attends Refinery29's Every Beautiful Body Symposium at Brookfield Place on October 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Refinery29)

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Tess Holliday claims many designers won't loan her clothes.

The 32-year-old plus-sized model admitted some fashion houses don't even "respond" to requests from her stylist to dress her for high-profile events.

Model Tess Holliday attends the Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Model Tess Holliday attends the Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

She said: “I’ve been working with my stylist Megan for a couple of years now. She’s reached out to designers that I didn’t think would dress me.

"I went to Kate Spade’s presentation, and Kate Spade dressed me for my book tour. But there are a lot of people that [won’t] even respond. Kate Spade was one of the big brands that did.”

But Tess was full of praise for Christian Siriano, as she "really appreciates" his "use of diversity".

She told InStyle: “I didn’t see anything I wouldn’t wear personally.

“Christian’s use of diversity is always really appreciated. I was backstage before the show and not only did he have plus size models, but he had a few different races, he had trans models, even his sister walked in the show! It was just was so beautiful.

“If I were to call him tomorrow and say ‘I have this event and I need something for it’, he would make it."

Model & Speaker Tess Holliday attends Girlboss Rally Hosted By Sophia Amoruso's Girlboss on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Girlboss Media)
Model & Speaker Tess Holliday attends Girlboss Rally Hosted By Sophia Amoruso's Girlboss on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Girlboss Media)

And Tess has called for more "representation" of bigger women on the runway.

She said: “I’m grateful that some of these designers are at least showing 12 and 14, but I think that it’s frustrating because I want it to be available for more plus-size women globally. I want to see more representation, I want to see them doing it in a really thought-provoking way and actually understanding how to dress our bodies.

"And yes, it is complicated, but we’re a huge percent of the market and we have so much buying power, and we’re just constantly being ignored.”

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