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Her Name Is Tess Munster And You Should Know Who She Is, Even If You Don't Give A Whit About Fashion

Congrats to Tess! And it's about damn time the fashion industry woke up.

Her Name Is Tess Munster And You Should Know Who She Is, Even If You Don't Give A Whit About Fashion

Tess Munster has been modeling for years. But it's her work on #EffYourBeautyStandards that really got her noticed. She got sick of people telling her she wasn't beautiful enough to wear bikinis or lingerie, so she took a bunch of pictures of herself wearing exactly that. They. Went. Viral.

Then:



This is a BIG DEAL (pun intended) because MiLK Management is no slouch in the fashion world. By signing Tess Munster, they made her the very first size-22 professional model.

But that's nothing compared to the effect it's having on real people all over.

Here are three reasons why Tess Munster's contract is a big deal:

It's giving people the courage to take risks they'd never taken before.



It's reminding people that it's just fine to love yourself the way you are.




People are standing up for everybody's right to feel beautiful.




Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards. And Like the hell out of her page on Facebook.

Hey. Yeah, you. You're beautiful too.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.