Some fans wondered if Tess Munster and fiancé Nick Holliday got married after the plus-size model added MiLK Management to her résumé. The Los Angeles resident made history when she became the first plus-size model of her size to be signed to a major agency, but the company referred to her by her fiancé's last name.
Naturally, fans assumed the couple had gotten hitched. But Munster revealed she just wanted to use the name Holliday professionally since her news broke before she was able to marry the photographer.
She took to Instagram Saturday to clear up the confusion. “A lot of who have been asking if I was married yet, and the answer is no. I changed my name because my career is moving in a different direction and I wanted my name to reflect that. When I do get hitched -- you will know it!”
Munster’s news is so major because plus-size models are typically taller than 5-foot-8 and a U.S. size of 8 to 16, the New York Daily News wrote. Munster is 5-foot-5 and a size 22. The beauty, who has appeared in Vogue Italia, was signed to the Curve division of MiLK Management.
"I feel like it's breaking ground. This is a milestone," said Munster, 29, told the Daily News. "I never could have imagined that I could be here."
Munster is popular on social media with hundreds of thousands of followers. “I can finally share my big news!!! I'm now represented by MiLK Management in London,” she wrote on Facebook Thursday. “I'm the first plus size model EVER (I die) my size & height to be signed to a major agency!” The post was liked more than 52,000 times by her nearly 634,000 fans.
“Thank you all so much for your congratulatory messages and comments! It's only 9am and my heart is bursting with happiness! This is bigger than my wildest dreams,” she added in another post.
Whiling making history has to be thrilling for Munster, one thing she’s been pleased about is the #EffYourBeautyStandard movement. Munster is not shy about her body. In fact, she loves it and regularly posts pictures of herself in bikinis and lingerie.
“EYBS is about embracing your body and being unapologetic!” the Facebook page’s description reads. “Share your photos by tagging #effyourbeautystandards.” Fans have shared their own image of body acceptance and EYBS has grown into a forum followed by nearly 40,000 people.
"I think we're the only agency with a model of her size. She is by far the largest model I have in the [Curves] division," Anna Shillinglaw, the owner and director of MiLk Model Management, told the Daily News.
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