Saturday, December 31, 2011

.2011 Recap-Catch me if you can.

After much thought, I decided to do a recap of 2011 for all of my new (& faithful) fans! 
I can truly say that 2011 was the BEST year of my life. All of my dreams slowly came true, and I got to work with and meet some great people! 

One of my favorite photo's of the year, taken Nov 2011

My amazing year started with the A&E show 'Heavy' debuting in January. 
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my face would have been on billboards all 
across the country,
in every major magazine, and all over TV! 
It was my very first job professional modeling job, 
and I'm happy to say that I did it ALL without an agent!

Me at my billboard on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, CA

My ad in People Magazine, US Weekly, & OK Magazine

Heck, JLO even tweeted a picture of her with my billboard behind her! Doesn't get better than that!!


I was featured in Plus Model Magazine as a model to watch. It was my first interview/feature :)

I started my blog with a post about how to love your body at any size. It was all about the 'labels' that society put's on us. It was super successful, and my blog has continued to grow and reach women everywhere. I was also featured in my first 'Fatshion' Blog:


I took it off for Monique Antionette, and my career exploded. I could have never dreamed the impact my imfamous "bunny" photos would have.


was a SUPER amazing dream month for me!
Torrid asked me to test shoot for them, & even though they chose not to use me, I landed the 
best gig a gal could dream of, Modeling for Plus Clothing line Domino Dollhouse. I not only got to work with legendary photographer Shannon Brooke, but I finally felt validated as a size 22 woman! I was no longer going to feel shamed about being my size, but celebrated through super funky and fresh fashions! Can I get an AMEN?

Domino Dollhouse Designer Tracy Broxterman, Myself, Shannon Brooke, Frankie Sin, Rayna Salcido, & Natasha Marcelina

I also shot for INKED Magazine Australia in May too!
I got the chance to work with Monique Antionette, & had such a blast:

You can read more about my life as a model in May here!


The "Make Out Circus Collection' for Domino Dollhouse debuted!

My INKED Magazine AZ/NZ spread debuted:

I became Beauty Editor of SKORCH Magazine

& hit the red carpet for them! 
I got to attend the VHI's Rock For A Cure thrown by Evil Pawn Jewelry! 

on the red carpet with Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee


My 26th Sanrio Themed Birthday:

The gang at Tiki Ti in Hollywood

I was featured on City Chic's blogger site as a plus size inspiration:
Read the full writeup about me here!

I traveled to San Fransisco to shoot with Kat Attack Photography & Sarah Cabrera Hernandez!


The 'Delectable Dresses' Collection by Domino Dollhouse debuted!

My little Nugget Started Kindergarten


& sadly my little angel Vince Munoz lost his brave battle with brain cancer.
This part deserves so much more than what I'm saying, but it's too hard, & somethings are better left unsaid. This was by far the hardest thing I endured all year,  & it changed my life in a positive way. Life is short, Remember that.. & cherish those you love.

He was the best little buddy a girl could ask for :) RIP My Friend


Became a model for Tattooed Zombie Accesories

Appeared in Rabid Magazine
Issue #6

Started Modeling for Sick For Cute:

& traveled to San Fransisco to shoot with an Editorial with Michelle Alexandra & SCH Studios!

After my shoot with Michelle! My bestie is in the middle :)

Behind the scenes with SCH Studios


Became a Man Eater

Went to Disneyland for the FIRST time!

Shot with Michele Muerte for the first time
(& have grown to have so much love for her and her work)

Appeared in Drive In Magazine Issue 2
Modeling for: Tattooed Zombie Accessories

Attended Love Your Body Day
with Natalie Ferraro & Monique Antionette

 & started modeling for Vintage Box 1947


Became a red head

Was featured in November's Drive In Magazine

Became a columnist for The Gay Reporter:

"Tess Munster! Our new straight girl and ultimate BBF, Plus model pin-up Tess Munster is the face of A&E's new show "Heavy" with a model career of megawatt flash-bulb attention! Outspoken for her activism to empower women, Tess is a true starlet with the curves to prove it! Keep tabs on The Gay Reporter for when Tess Munster debuts her new column!"

Started modeling for Razor Heartz Jewelry

& Tattooed Cuties Accessories


Featured in Plus Model Magazine as one of the top model's over the size 18!!

Appeared on my FIRST cover for SKORCH Mag!!

& had 10 page feature including a spread shot by Michelle Alexandra where I was lucky enough to model pieces by Hips & Curves & Evil Pawn Jewelry! 

You can check out my full feature here!

Collaborated with one of my idol's  Rosie Mercado

Appeared on my first radio show/podcast, Rebel Music TV

Got to shoot again with my favorite photographer
Monique Antionette for some Christmas fun!!

 Was featured as one of the "Favorite Faces of 2011" by Curves & Chaos

Words can't even sum up what this year meant to me. I worked my ass off, and in the end, it paid off. I'm no where near where I want to be in my career, but I'm so grateful for how far I've gotten in only a year. I have met some great people this year, that have changed my life in way's that I couldn't even dream. Never did I think that I would be part of a revolution of women that are standing together to say "ENOUGH",  & making sure that they are not only heard, but SEEN! Being "fat" no longer means that you have to be ashamed, it now means that you can have a FABULOUS life, and be recognized for who you are, not what you look like.

Thank YOU for following me, supporting me, & making me see MY worth! I love you all!

Here's to 2012, & as my friend said last night: "We are gonna make 2012 our bitch!"




art deco dame said...

I'm so proud of you lady!You've done so many great things just this year alone!The photo of Vince brought tears to my eyes.Though so much good happened that alone was enough heartache to last a life time.I hope nothing but good things for you in 2012 and beyond! <3

Jen said...

Oh my god Tess, I'm so freakin proud of you!!! You are an inspiration to ALL women out there! Keep up the great work lovely! Xoxo Jen Kaboom

Nicole Sweetcheeks said...

Wow, Congrats on all your doings this year. I hope you know that the great things you do are not just for you, it's for every big girl that hears "your a slob, and unhealthy" for all the girls that walk into Wet Seal and the sales girls roll their eyes at them. You are proving all those sales girls wrong! Happy new year and be safe. I look forward to seeing WAY more of you this year :)

Alyson said...

Congrats & ALL the success in the world, gorgeous!

Cruiser Dolly said...

best of luck in 2012 ms tess! your truly a vision

Lilybobombslovelylumps said...

Wow what an amazing year, 2012 is sure to be epic. xxxx
you totally rock my world!!!!

Thick Threads said...

Tess you've done and grown so much in one year, its so so so so amazing to see you getting further with your career, you've give a voice to so many women in just one year. thats so fuckin rad! I am so happy for you and I wish you all the best in the upcoming year and many more after that! you rule! keep on doing what you do because someone has to!


n...e...r...d said...

Tess, you are amazing and fabulous and gorgeous and admirable and so much more. Congratulations on all of your success, I am so proud of you and all of the huge steps you have made! I look forward to seeing more of you in the future and I'm sure you'll continue to inspire!

Pitchic27 said...

Huge year for you TESS!! Congratulations on all your success and future success! AMBER