12 episodes

Tess Holliday, plus-size icon and cultural change-maker brings to you the kind of heart-to-heart conversations that transpire at a Slumber Party. This podcast invokes sleepovers of our youth where we played silly games until we squealed and whispered our deepest secrets in the dark, from the latest crush to the challenges that were crushing us. Centered around our journeys to self-love, we dive deep with extraordinary folks doing their part to actively make the world a better place. Put on your fanciest pajamas armed with your favorite snacks and join us every week!

Slumber Party Podcast Kast Media | Tess Holliday

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Tess Holliday, plus-size icon and cultural change-maker brings to you the kind of heart-to-heart conversations that transpire at a Slumber Party. This podcast invokes sleepovers of our youth where we played silly games until we squealed and whispered our deepest secrets in the dark, from the latest crush to the challenges that were crushing us. Centered around our journeys to self-love, we dive deep with extraordinary folks doing their part to actively make the world a better place. Put on your fanciest pajamas armed with your favorite snacks and join us every week!

    Isaac Mizrahi - Fashion & Showbiz Icon!

    Isaac Mizrahi - Fashion & Showbiz Icon!

    Isaac Mizrahi, top fashion designer, stage performer, and talk show host, joins me via zoom from his home in New York. It was an honor to talk with him about his career trajectory from childhood puppet theater to runway fashion icon and now top-selling QVC mogul. I still own one of his original Target collection blazers and have been a huge fan ever since that teenage purchase! We talked about everything from growing up in, and breaking out of, conservative households and communities, to finding ourselves through the arts and now having an impact through social media. It’s not everyday that you get to meet someone who literally made your career possible and I was so grateful for the opportunity to talk about our shared experiences with Isaac. I hope you tune in for this special episode!

     

    Want your game question to be featured on the next episode? Write in your best Truth/Dare, Never Have I Ever, or Would You Rather Question, to Tess@kastmedia.com for your chance at a shout out!

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    Changing Lives Within & Beyond the Classroom - What it Means to be a Freedom Writer

    Changing Lives Within & Beyond the Classroom - What it Means to be a Freedom Writer

    Today, my dear friends and classroom heroes, Erin Gruwell and Debbie Fernandez, talk about restorative justice through education, how individual attention can transform lives, and doing the right thing when you're in a position to be helpful. You may know Erin because Hilary Swank portrayed her in the Freedom Writers movie in 2007, but her work goes well beyond the confines of the classroom. Debbie is also a real life Freedom Writer, who during the pandemic worked directly with students to make sure their needs were met in the classroom and well beyond its limits. Erin and Debbie talk about why they are called to do this work, how they change lives through the power of education, and the many ways that we each and all can do the same in our everyday lives. I hope this episode inspires you to reach out to your community the way these women have inspired me!

    Want your game question to be featured on the next episode? Write in your best Truth/Dare, Never Have I Ever, or Would You Rather Question, to Tess@kastmedia.com for your chance at a shout out!

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Supernanny to the Rescue!

    Supernanny to the Rescue!

    Jo Frost, AKA Supernanny, joins me in-studio to dish about some behind the scenes info from her show, discuss what it's like being plus size in Hollywood, and share some secret parenting tips. I also had a special co-host, my son, Bowie, who got to show off his pajamas and help welcome Jo to the episode! I’ve always admired Nanny Jo, but I had no idea how much we truly had in common and how clearly she’d see me in such a short time. This was a very special episode for me—thank you for tuning in and sharing this surreal experience with me!

    Want your game question to be featured on the next episode? Write in your best Truth/Dare, Never Have I Ever, or Would You Rather Question, to Tess@kastmedia.com for your chance at a shout out!

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Power Plays—Sex Work, Setting Boundaries & Self Love

    Power Plays—Sex Work, Setting Boundaries & Self Love

    Maddox is a sex positive, body positive sex worker who is joining me from their poly family home in NYC! You may recognize them from their role in Netflix's “Bonding.” They talk about transitioning to their dream job of BDSM sex work after their pregnancy, and their past life as a badass bike messenger. Learn how they found acceptance from within through many forms of intimate connections in work, family, and play. And don’t forget to play along with our slumber party game at the end!

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    What it Takes to Get to the Top and Why it Matters to Be There

    What it Takes to Get to the Top and Why it Matters to Be There

    My good friend, Julee Wilson, Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan Magazine, joins me from New York! She talks to us about navigating the high intensity fashion industry as a Black woman, how she landed her dream job, and how she uses it to create change and opportunity for others. Julee talks about how she manages motherhood, having her second kiddo during quarantine, while starting a new job. We also talk about why and how to buy from Black-owned and Black-led brands, and ways in which we can all do more by buying intentionally. I have learned so much from her, and I hope that you do too!

     

    Want your game question to be featured on the next episode? Write in your best Truth/Dare, Never Have I Ever, or Would You Rather Question, to Tess@kastmedia.com for your chance at a shout out!

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    How to be an Instagram Activist (For Real!)

    How to be an Instagram Activist (For Real!)

    Digital Campaigner Saraya Hamidi, joins me remotely from the East Coast! Saraya is the activist behind some social media campaigns for justice - including Elijah McClean and Matthew Rushin. She left her job at Google to help make an impact in wrongful deaths and incarcerations, and is truly doing her part to make the world a better place. She is very inspiring, and I loved chatting with her about being an activist, learning what we all can do to make a difference, and of course tried to keep it light with some dating advice and a slumber party game!

     

    Want your game question to be featured on the next episode? Write in your best Truth/Dare, Never Have I Ever, or Would You Rather Question, to Tess@kastmedia.com for your chance at a shout out!

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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