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.”
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.”
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On being criticized:
Haters will say it’s photoshopped. Some will tell me to cover up. Others will say I’m promoting obesity. Whatever they say, I will still get up in the morning with my head held high, wrapped in the arms of a man who loves me and my fat body and to my kids smiling when they wake up and see their mom… So really, I will stay winning.
On how being overweight never stopped her from enjoying sex:
Shot some #polaroids with @anastasiagphoto in NYC last week💋 When I saw them, & how hot (& obviously unretouched) they are, I was reminded of a ‘Tess Holliday’s Advice for Life’ that are all throughout my book. It goes: “Fat people have sex. A lot of it. And it’s really f~~~~~~ good.” That’s all 💁🏻💅🏻✌🏻 #effyourbeautystandards #notsosubtletess #thenotsosubtleartofbeingafatgirl
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