James White
May 19, 2015 06:00 PM

Tess Holliday is a size-22 social media star who’s taken the fashion world by storm. Subscribe now for an inside look at how she is reinventing the word "supermodel," only in PEOPLE!

Back when she was an aspiring model with just one professional shoot to her name, Tess Holliday started a Facebook fan page on a lark.

“My friend told me to do it,” she says. “I thought, ‘That’s so stupid – who would like it?'”

Four years later Holliday has more than 800,000 likes on Facebook and almost 700,000 followers on Instagram. One of those, it turns out, is Anna Shillinglaw from the U.K.’s MiLK Management. Thanks to Shillinglaw’s “gut feeling,” in January the size-22 Holliday became the largest model ever to sign with a major agency.

To celebrate, “I invited all my best friends for a Clueless-themed girls’ night,” she says. “It was the most fun I ve had in a long time.”

But she wasn’t prepared for what happened next. “I woke up to hundreds of e-mails. My phone still hasn t stopped ringing!”

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