Tess Holiday is the first size 22 model to be signed by a major a modeling agency.
Far from the glitz and glamour of modeling, Holliday had a rough childhood. Her mother was disabled after being shot twice in the head by an ex-boyfriend.
A casting director found her portfolio online and just like that, she was fronting billboards.
She met her fiancé, Nick Holliday, in 2012 through Tumblr. According to People, he reached out and said, "I love how you inspire other women." He's also her manager.
Holliday spun her wildly successful body positive hashtag, #effyourbeautystandards, into a line of merch...
...but a scandal broke out when customers claimed they never received their purchases.
Holliday told Refinery29 that she would never intentionally "defraud" her fans. "I have had more than a few tearful and restless nights over it. The reality is that I've done the best I can, and have tried to make everyone happy," she said.