Tess Munster is not your average plus size model! She embodies this very retro chic look that I want to try!! I first saw her on Domino Dollhouse and since, I’ve pretty much been in love!
Tess is a Plus-Size Model, Make Up Artist, Hair Stylist and Blogger based in L.A., who turned her hobbies into a successful career. She says she is now doing what she always dreamed of. Tess was born in a small town in Mississippi, July 1985. She always longed for a life bigger than what her small town could offer. She had always been different than other girls growing up; Tess was teased for being curvy, fair skinned, and short. The bullies at school were relentless, but she kept her head up. Knowing that she’d never quite fit in never kept Tess from dreaming. When Tess turned 15 she attended a casting call for Plus Models in Atlanta, GA, where she was not warmly received. Standing at 5’4″, wearing a size 16, she noticed everyone towering over her, and quickly realized her dreams of being a model might just be a dream. Tess then turned to her first love, Make Up Artistry. It was reading Kevyn Aucoin’s book, “Changing Faces,” that opened her eyes and showed her that makeup could truly “transform” someone inside and out.
Check out our interview:
What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry?
I feel like I do a bit of everything. Model, blogger, enthusiast, fashionista, etc.
When did you first start to take an interest in fashion?
From BIRTH! HA! I have always loved dressing up!
Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?
Peg Bundy, Miss Frizzle (from the Magic School Bus), Miss Piggy, Beth Ditto, Divine, Tank Girl, Mae West…I could go on! I feel so inspired by so many people.
Where do you find inspiration?
Every where! LA Street art, nature, magazines, blogs, you name it.
When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase?
Can I live without it? Does it fit me NOW and look good from all angles? Is it worth the price? How is the quality? ETC.
How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today?
We are definitely making our voices heard and leaving an impact that I didn’t see 10 years, or even 5 years ago. It’s really amazing to watch, and I’m blessed to be a tiny part of it.
Where do you do you see plus size fashion in 30 years from now?
I am an optimist, so I’m hoping next to straight size models in Vogue and on billboards. Not a joke, or something to question, but respected and well deserved at that.
Where are some of favorite places to shop?
Domino Dollhouse, Forever 21+, Nordstrom, ASOS, City Chic, SWAK, Jessica Louise Clothing, & vintage/thrift stores.
How long have you been modeling for?
2 years and counting!
Where are some places you have modeled for?
I’ve been the face of a TV show & was on an ad that ran nationwide, Domino Dollhouse, SWAK, Jessica Louise Clothing, Evil Pawn Jewelry, Black Cat Bikinis, Empress Lingerie, Vintage Box 1947, Batcakes Couture, Em & Sprout, & various other indie designers.
Do you have any projects that you are anticipating?
So many! I shot with David LaChapelle a few weeks ago, and I’m dying to see the end result. It was a dream of mine! I’m also working on a few projects that I can’t talk about yet, but will be hopefully out in the next few months. 2013 is gonna be a big year… pun intended!
Do you have any tips for women who may want to model?
Think really long and hard about why you want to model, and if you really decide it’s something you want to do, make sure you have thick skin. It’s a very tough industry, and it’s a lot of work. It’s not just getting dolled up and taking photos, it’s so much more than that. Also, make sure you have a good support network around you, that’s crucial in succeeding (in every aspect of life, not just modeling).
Why did you start modeling?
It had always been a dream of mine, but it was one of those dreams that I never thought would happen…like being an astronaut. The chances that I would actually become a model were so slim, and I had every odd stacked against me, but something in me just kept pushing. I wanted to prove to not only myself, but other women that anything is possible if you dream big enough and work hard.
Lastly, Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere?
Never underestimate your power. You deserve the very best from others, and how you treat yourself. Never let your size (big or small) stand in the way of your happiness.
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