First Size 22 Model Tess Holliday Makes History, ‘People’ Magazine Cover,
Tess Holliday Makes History as First Size 22 Model to Land ‘People’ Magazine Cover. Tess Holliday made history on Wednesday, becoming the first size 22 model to grace the cover of “People” magazine for its “2015 Body Issue.” Once bullied for her weight, the 29-year-old mom is now breaking down barriers and showing all those people who once turned her down who’s boss. Of the response she got when first trying to break into the industry, Tess told “The Insider With Yahoo” co-host Thea Andrews in an interview earlier this year, “I definitely got a lot of people that thought I was a freak show.” But she didn’t let that get in her way, explaining, “I think I am very hardheaded, and as my fiancé says, I am very stubborn. So I kinda never took no for an answer,” the revolutionary model continued. But given that Tess was applying to plus size modeling agencies, why was she still getting turned down?