Model brings book tour 'home'

Model brings book tour 'home'

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - An international model has returned home to The Pine Belt to tell her story and promote her new book.

Tess Holliday, a model and native of Laurel, recently wrote, "The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl."

She'll sign copies of her book Monday at 6 p.m. at Books-A-Million in Hattiesburg.

Holliday was the first plus-size model of her size to land a major modeling contract back in 2015. 

Holliday is at the forefront of the body positive movement and launched her #effyourbeautystandards campaign in 2013, empowering people of all shapes and sizes to embrace the body they are in right now. She's appeared on the cover of People Magazine and was named one of the world's top plus models by Vogue Italia. She's also been named one of the internet's most influential people by Time Magazine.

Through her modeling and continued activism, Holliday is committed to spreading the message that beauty goes further than size, race, gender, abilities or social class.

"I wanted to hopefully help other people and inspire them. I wanted to show them that you can come from a small town or basically do whatever you want to do, you just have to believe in yourself," said Holliday.

She just completed a UK tour for her new book, which is focused on modern women and men, whoever they may be, to be comfortable in their own skin and all the "life issues" that come with that.

"I would just tell people it's important to have people around you that support you and a good system of people who love you. If you have that, really you can do anything," said Holliday.

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