I couldn’t imagine being a model (plus size or otherwise). People can be cruel with their negativity and judgement and some even go as far as to make you adhere to their standards of beauty.
Approaching her third year anniversary as a plus size model, Tess Munster has made quite a name for herself so it’s only natural that she’s in a reflective place at this point in her career.
In The Dark Side Of Modeling, Munster shares the side of modeling that often goes unseen.
I’ve lost friends, respect, and countless jobs because of my looks, beliefs, or just plain bad luck. Everyone thinks that they know me, therefore judging every move I make constantly. I miss the times that I could freely post photos of myself, food, my son, just my life without being attacked.
She also shares her reason for creating the #Effyourbeautystandards hashtag:
The main reason I started my #effyourbeautystandards hashtag was because I needed a way to deal with the intense pressure I felt from everyone to be something/someone I’m not. It was my way of taking the hurt away from the constant scrutiny I’m under and instead turn it into a positive place for women who struggle with the same feelings.
Tess Munster has worked with a number of fashion brands (Domino Dollhouse, Vintage Box 1947 and Swak Designs), magazines (Slink, Skorch and Cat’s Meow) and earlier this year we featured her as well.
I appreciate Tess for being honest in this article because it’s something that others need to hear. There’s often several sides to a person and usually, what you see is who you choose to see. As fans and peers we have to dig deeper to really understand each other and our journeys. The image of a person that you see on social media is just that; an image.