Here’s What You Didn’t Know About Her…15 Questions Answered Honestly
As major fans of hers, many of us had some pretty particular questions for Tess Holliday, so when she came to our head office this week, we got Tess to answer some of your need-to-know questions!
1. Show us! What are wearing right now?
2. How did you decide what outfit to wear today?
This was what fit me today, haha! I wanted something flowy and not tight right now (side note: if you didn’t already know, she’s 6 months pregnant!) so I tend to go with chiffons and really flowy materials. I paired this with pleather leggings because they’re really stretchy, and I wore boots to keep me warm because I’m in Montreal during winter today…so it was really all about something I can be comfortable in, but still look good in it.
3. Who has influenced your personal style?
It depends on what day you ask me because my style changes daily. Like today’s look, sometimes it’s very rockeresque and other days I look like a cartoon character. My two favourite style influencers are Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus and Miss Piggy. I also love Christina Hendricks from Mad Men! I think her style is great…and really sexy. Oh, and then there’s some classic Hollywood film stars. I really love their style. So you know, it all depends on my mood.
4. What does your manicure look like right now?
5. If you were to star in a romantic movie with your partner, what would you name the movie?
Oh god! How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days? Has that been done? Just kidding! Uuummmm…Love Sucks, but It’s Totally Worth It? Hahaha! I’m being honest!
6. What is one outfit you wear that makes you feel good no matter what?
It’s a vintage kaftan that I have. It’s from the 70s and has a kind of psychedelic print. It’s very crazy, but it’s super comfortable. I literally don’t have to wear anything on but my undergarments underneath and it’s just really chic and effortless!
7. If you could be a character in your favourite TV show, movie, book, or cartoon, who would you be and why?
I would be the mouse from the children’s book, ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie‘, because my partner Nick calls me Cookie Mouse…because if you give me a cookie, I’m gonna want something to drink, and then if you give me something to drink, then I just always want more. It’s a never-ending cycle.
8. On those days when you’re not feeling so good about yourself, what do you do to boost your confidence?
It depends each day. If I’m travelling and I’m not near my family, then I’ll either FaceTime them, I’ll call a friend or I’ll put something on that makes me feel good and post it on Instagram. Sometimes it just involves putting on some lipstick and standing near a window and taking a selfie to kind of make me feel better. If I’m at home, then I’ll spend time with my family, I’ll go to Disneyland, or I’ll just turn off my phone and have a day to unwind. So I think it all goes back to doing self-care, doing things that make you feel good, and surrounding yourself by people that lift you up.
9. If you can be anywhere in the world at this very moment, where would you be and why?
Well if I wasn’t pregnant, my answer would probably be a lot different, hehe. I would be home right now with my family and my kittens, Smokey and Bandit, watching a movie.
10. What’s your idea of fun when spending the weekend with your family?
Disneyland! We LOVE Disneyland. We have passes and we go as much as we can. It’s just really fun. It’s a good way to unwind and spend time with people you love. Plus, a lot of my followers go to Disneyland so I get to see them and interact and take photos with them. It’s nice to be able to meet them in person, but also spend time with my family and eat a Dole Whip!
11. When you first came to Penningtons’ head office in Montreal, QC, Canada, what is one thing that surprised you during your visit?
How nice everybody was and how it seemed like everybody actually enjoyed their jobs. Oh, and how much cheese there was! I was very happy with the amount of cheese…a plethora of cheese! Like I mean literal cheese! When I came in this morning there was no cheese, and then they made it happen!
12. What’s in your bag right now?
13. If you needed to put together a girl squad to model your next collection, who would you ask and why?
I would ask…hmmmm…I would choose Nadia Aboulhosn, my friend whose an up-an-coming plus size model – her name is Simone Mariposa. She’s a beautiful, young black woman from LA and she looks like she’s from the Amazon. I would choose myself, clearly! 😉 Oh, I would also choose my friend Priscilla Ono who’s a make-up artist, my friend Ivory Jinelle, my friend who’s a hairstylist, Jonathan! Oh, and Amber, my friend Amber Rose!
14. Your collection is in a fashion show, what music would you play?
If I go through my current playlist, there’s Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, FKA Twigs, Robyn, Sia…so probably a mixture of all of those. Something fun and upbeat, but still a little moody and sexy!
15. What do you want people to know about the mblm by Tess Holliday collection?
That it’s for everybody. Everybody can wear it. They’re effortless pieces that are easy to throw on and you can feel good without putting a ton of thought into it. Getting ready every day shouldn’t be stressful. You should be able to have pieces in your closet that you go to and you put on and you know you’re going to feel good. I feel like there is something in the collection for everybody that they can just put it on, walk out the door, and go about their day with confidence.
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