Tess Holliday Does Cosmopolitan

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On changing her attitude:

I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’ And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, ‘F*ck that!’ So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’, and encouraged others to do the same.

On once being a size 16:

I was a US size 16 to 18 my entire life before I had Rylee [her first son, who she had at 20]. I look back on those photos now and I don’t wish I was that size, but what I wish is that I loved myself 120 pounds ago. I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life now and it took me being the heaviest to finally love myself.

On her critics:

I have had people say to me: ‘Shut up already with your diversity. You’ve already made it.’ But I’m not talking about me and my career. I’m talking about the tonne of models out there who don’t have the opportunity because they don’t have three million followers on social media.

… says Tess in Cosmopolitan.

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Tess Holliday Covers Self: “Totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine”

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On being on the cover of health magazine Self:

I’m over the moon to finally share- This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine ??? Thank you Self for changing the game with me! ? 

Self Magazine’s statement regarding their choice:

We’re thrilled to share our first ever digital cover, featuring model, author, and fat-positivity activist Tess Holliday (@tessholliday). From editor-in-chief @carolynkylstra’s editor’s letter: “Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size. We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible. You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward. And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.”

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Tess Holliday:”I don’t want to be called “curvy sexy-licious,” that’s ridiculous”

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On how she doesn’t like the fact that certain plus-size models don’t want to be called ‘plus-size’:

“If someone googles “model” they’re going to see Bella Hadid, or Gigi. If they google “plus-size model” they’re going to see me. I think it’s incredibly frustrating that all these women capitalize off a marginalized group and when they become famous they are too good for it. One of them was just in a Lane Bryant campaign.” (seemingly referring to Ashley Graham).

“How can you build your career from taking money from plus-size women and then turn around and say the term’s not good enough for you? I don’t want to be called “curvy sexy-licious,” that’s ridiculous. It’s insulting! We can’t even be who we are. I get the whole “not being into labels,” but it’s for a plus-size woman being like “I’m plus-size, she’s plus-size, I’m fat, she’s fat.” It’s not a hate-term, it’s how I describe my body.”

… says 32 year-old Tess.

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