Now, that cover has been chosen by the American Society of Magazine Editors as a finalist in the 10th-anniversary ASME Best Cover Contest. It is one of five nominees – chosen by top editors, art directors and photo editors – in the women's lifestyle cover category. To vote for your favorite, click here.
"It's crazy," Holliday, 30, told Today at the time about landing the cover of PEOPLE. "I've been reading it since I was a kid so to be on the cover is surreal."
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The cover story documented Holliday's rise from a severely bullied teenager to a sought-after plus-size model, who landed major campaigns with Benefit Cosmetics and Torrid.
"I just knew that I could do it," she told PEOPLE of achieving success despite her struggles. "I wasn't the best, and I still am not the best. They key to it is just doing it."