Tess Holliday made a strong statement while strutting down the catwalk with her stylish white gown with the phrase 'sample size' emblazoned over it.
Plus-sized model Tess Holliday made a strong statement while sashaying down the runway during New York Fashion Week on Saturday. Donning a stylish and creative white gown, the 34-year-old flaunted her curves at Chromat's Spring/Summer 2020 show. The striking ensemble featured a daring cut-out across the chest with the phrase 'sample size' emblazoned in different areas of the attire. The event held at Gallery I at Spring Studios witnessed the bold response to recent controversies surrounding 'child size' sample wear, reports The Daily Mail.
A video uploaded on the body-positive model's Instagram handle shows how she stunned the crowd by pairing the bold dress with white, patent leather, open-toe heels. Accentuating the look with an attractive red lipstick and a daring blue eyeliner, the whole was tied to perfection with a statement silver and royal blue drop earrings, and a high ponytail holding on to her red locks. As she reached the end of the ramp, Tess, leaned forward and jiggled a little right before standing up straight and making her way back, radiating confidence throughout.
Becca McCharen-Tran founded Chromat in 2010 and included swimwear and activewear for all sizes. Chromat has been since known "for its groundbreaking runway shows that set the standard for body positivity with their all-sizes, -ages, -races, and -abilities casting, it was built on the idea of inclusivity," according to Vogue. This time for their tenth anniversary they came up with yet another innovative ensemble to celebrate body positivity. Wearing McCharen-Tran's latest designs, models of all body types were seen gracing the runway with confidence. "The biggest piece of feedback was that people love Chromat because of our mission and who we are celebrating on the runway, which was very evident throughout our social channels," said McCharen-Tran during an interview with Vogue. "There was also a huge response about how the price point was too high for a lot of people."
"It was just a big question of who we are, what our goals are, and who we want to be," she added speaking about her goal of being an inclusive brand. "I’ve grown up in the creative community, and I know what it’s like to be a creative person, to be an artist, and to be on an artist’s budget. I’ve never wanted to exclude anyone based on their ability to afford a $300 swimsuit. So I think the more accessible we can be in our price point, the more inclusive we can be overall."
As for Tess' gown, it seemed like a direct response to the "child-size" sample size dresses. This backlash encompassing the shortage of sample size attires grew in intensity in May when actress Jameela Jamil called out high fashion designers when a very expensive sample size dress tore open due to her size 10 body. Tess, who has been a role model for several others like her, doesn't shy away from circulating the message of body positivity among her followers, posting her pictures along with inspiring captions on her social media account. Recently, she slammed the well-renowned lingerie brand, Victoria's Secret, for "only caring about marginalized groups."
She even shut down her critics who dared to body shame her by explaining how plus-size models are essentially out of shape models. Revealing how she drives more than two hours a day just to work out with her trainer thrice a week, she uploaded a story on Instagram reports Daily Mail. It read: I drive over 2 hours to train with @massy.arias 3x a week. That's commitment. So don't tell me what folks in bigger bodies aren't capable of, because we will prove you wrong ever time.