This month, our exclusive collection is modeled by inspiring people and personalities who express their individuality through their passions, actions, drive, and style. They are business owners, writers, artists, style icons, nonprofit organizers, movers, shakers, and groundbreakers. One thing they all have in common? Stories worth telling and statements worth spreading. Style, for real. And #StyleForAll.
Meet Tess Holliday, Model, Founder of #EffYourBeautyStandards
Hometown: Laurel, MS
Loves: Lipstick, cheese, & glitter.
Favorite hobbies: Taking my family to Disneyland (and date night visits to Disneyland, and basically all things Disneyland), baking, traveling, swimming, and embarrassing my kids.
Favorite Disneyland ride?
With my kids, it’s It’s a Small World, & without them, probably Space Mountain.
What’s your motto, or, what keeps you driven to continue doing everything you do?
Never waste your time explaining yourself to people who are committed to misunderstanding you. The fact is people are always going to not like something you do, but that’s not your problem. You just have to do the best you can and that’s it! The rest sorts itself out!
What’s one thing that always makes you feel good, no matter what?
Taking a bath. I love Lush bath bombs so much!
How would you describe your personal style?
Kitschy and temperamental. It honestly depends on my mood that day. I love 40’s-70’s vintage to John Waters kitsch to athleisure with a hint of goth/Lolita. I love bold colors, and most importantly, I always have fun with fashion!
How has your style evolved over time?
Well, it’s gotten better. Mostly because I’m more confident in myself, and also I have a bit more money now, so I can splurge every now and then on special pieces I know I’ll have forever.
In what way is the clothing you like to wear a reflection of your personality?
My clothing depends on my mood. I like to have fun with fashion and I don’t feel like there are any “rules.”
Pictured: Its’a a Long Flowy Maxi Dress,
People often say they want to feel “comfortable” or “confident” in their clothing. What do these words really mean to you?
I think it means they are scared to take the next step into truly loving their bodies, and I totally get that. I’ve been there. They just have to believe in themselves — they got this!
What was your favorite piece you wore at the shoot?
The rainbow dress was so much fun and fit great!
Pictured: Purposefully Piquant Midi Dress
Let’s talk about the future. What’s one thing you’re excited about, either personally or globally?
I’m excited to see where my career takes me, and also to watch my boys grow up. My oldest (11 years old) is becoming such a little man, and my youngest will be a year old in a couple months. I can’t wait!
What’s one thing you’d like to change, either for yourself or about the world?
I hope we all are kinder and compassionate to each other; especially with everything going on right now, it’s scary for everyone. We all need the extra love.