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People magazine features ‘world's first size 22 supermodel’ on cover

Tess Holliday, the “world’s first” size 22 supermodel, stands proud for her People magazine 2015 body issue cover photo

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Tess Holliday, a U.S.-based model crowned the “world’s first size 22 supermodel,” is this month’s cover star for People magazine’s 2015 body issue.

She has become famous on social media for her self-love and is responsible for starting the widely used #effyourbeautystandards hashtag. Her style and comments have aimed to serve as an inspiration for other women to feel proud of their body shapes.

The 29-year-old signed with MiLK modelling agency in January of this year, after having spent years trying to get into the plus-size modelling industry.

In her interview with People magazine, she shared her experiences with rejection in the industry, as well as bullying in her school years.

“I just knew that I could do it. I wasn’t the best, and I still am not the best. The key to it is just doing it,” the model told People during her interview for the cover.