In order for something to change, one must take a stand. The following interviews that I will be sharing with you are with two of the most amazing women I have had the pleasure of speaking with in terms of body activism. These women are Tess Munster founder of the #Effyourbeautystandards movement & Honor Curves founder of #HonorMyCurves movement.
Both of these ladies are commited to daily inspiration in regards to self-love and positivity. If you have ever had an off day and we all do at one point or another, I can almost guarantee you that Tess & Honor Curves are right there spreading love and fighting back with positive images, quotes and so are all to contributers to the movement. So let’s get to know these ladies a little more and celebrate their work.
I would like to start first with founder of the #EffYourBeautyStandards Movement, Professional Plus Model, MUA Blogger & Body Activist Tess Munster.
Tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and when did you start modeling?
I am a Plus Size Model based in L.A., but originally from Laurel, MS. I always dreamt of becoming a model, but it never really worked out when I was younger because of the area I lived in, and I really didn’t have much confidence. It wasn’t until I moved to L.A., that I gained the confidence I needed and was discovered online by a casting director.
Recently you posted a picture of yourself on your Instagram spreading self love and body acceptance, (same shot Honorine used in a side by side pic on Instagram) have you always been this confident in the skin you’re in? If not, what do you think helped you build your confidence?
Definitely not. I was bullied in school for my appearance, so much so that I was forced to drop out. My father was verbally abusive about my size for most of my life, so my opinion of myself was very low. My mother however always told me I was beautiful, regardless of my size. She planted the seeds early on that I could do whatever I wanted, and be whoever I wanted to be as long as I worked out, so that’s what I did. She was the only person that never laughed at me when I told her I wanted to become a model. She would drive me to open calls and castings, sometimes 2 states away. Even with all of my mom’s love and support, it wasn’t until I moved to L.A. & became a model that I really found the confidence I needed. Meeting so many great people who were so supportive of my dreams really helped me blossom into the confident woman I am today. I still have my “bad” days, but I know one of my friends is always a phone call away with loving words or positive affirmations. That is really the key to confidence..surrounding yourself with positive people.
How often do you post about promoting self-love and body acceptance?
Daily. Perhaps not on all of my social networking sites, but at least once a day on something. As much as women look forward to reading my posts, it’s very therapeutic for me as well. It’s a way for me to say how I feel and release it, and watch it come back to me with so much love..it’s very inspiring.
What has been one of the most interesting things that you have learned about other women who have joined this movement?
That I’m not alone. I know that sounds like a given, that I’m not the only one going through things, but sometimes when you are so down, you tend to feel very alone. The women I have met through the movement live all around the world, and we all share in the same feelings. We all are trying to be the best versions of ourselves we can be, while lifting each other up. Their kindness and stories keep me going.
As a beautiful full-figured plus model who is not afraid to show her body,what do you have to say to people who say you are promoting obesity?
Nothing. I tried for the past couple years to really “prove” my point, sometimes to my detriment. Then I realized, the people pointing the fingers just don’t get it, and they probably never will. So instead of wasting my energy fighting with someone who is committed to misunderstanding me, why not focus on those who love and support what I’m doing? I literally cannot afford to waste a moment of my time on negativity because then there is nothing left to give myself or my loved ones. Trust me, I learned that lesson the hard way.
Lastly what do you hope to see happen with #EffYourBeautyStandards movement?
That women continue to join in and show society that we are fearless and will not limit ourselves to certain fashion because of our size (big or small). We don’t have to look a certain way to be considered “beautiful”, it’s how we feel on the inside, and that’s the bottom line.
*Note* On Instagram alone Tess Munter has 15,000 followers and 12,840 photos and counting of various people, men and women contributing to the #EffYourBeautyStandards Movement, proving even more that we agree and this is only the beginning.
Follow Tess Munster Online:
- Website: www.tessmunster.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/TessMunster
- Tumblr: www.tessmunster.tumblr.com
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/TessMunster
- Blog: www.Theplussizelife.blogspot.com
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/MadameMunster