Tess Holliday was told she "would never model" high fashion clothing by a member of her own team.
The 33-year-old American plus-size poser made history last month by becoming the first ever size 22 model to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, however, the rising star revealed she fired "someone in her team" at the start of the year when she set out that one of her goals for 2018 was "to do high fashion" and got the reply that her ambition was "impossible".
Speaking in a video for Cosmopolitan.com, Tess said: "Someone on my team, at the beginning of this year, emailed me and asked me what my goals were for 2018, and I said I wanted to do high fashion. They responded with saying that it was impossible, and that if the designers aren't making clothing in my size, then there's no point in asking the designers."
"Since I've fired them, I've done two high fashion shoots. I've shot two major covers, I am continuing to do even cooler stuff in the high fashion world, and basically prove them in like, four months.
"When I prove people wrong that said I could never do high fashion or my critics that don't believe in me, it feels really damn good."
Tess is the creator of the #effyourbeautystandards Instagram campaign that encourages body positivity among her 1.6 million followers on the social media platform.
Tess was always put down by "people in her life" who told her she was "crazy" for pursuing modelling and she is so proud of herself for proving the haters wrong.
Tess added: "There were a lot of people in my life who thought that I was crazy for going after my dreams. I was told that I would never model in the first place. I couldn't get an agent, no one was interested in representing me, no one was interested in hiring me."