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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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! 💕 RP @selfmagazine 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.” — Photographer: @catherineservel, Wardrobe Styling: @marpeidro, Hair: @christianmarc at @forwardartists using @randco, Makeup: @kristinhilton at @thewallgroup, Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo at @opusbeauty | #TeamSELF #effyourbeautystandards

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

  1. I’m sure this is going to piss people off, but I don’t understand putting a morbidly obese woman on the cover of a health magazine. I understand encouraging readers to love themselves as is, but this seems like an overcorrection.

    • I don;’t think you’ll piss anyone off with this one cause as far as I can tell all of us, troll or not, are unanimously agree on this woman being extremely unhealthy.

    • This is what I was just about to comment. This is…I don’t find a proper word, but yes, you can be healthy at different sizes, but not being morbidly size. Whoever agreed for this to happen, must be fired. She can be on other covers, don’t mind, but people should stop promoting persons this fat just cause of “fat shaming”. They should tell ‘ this is not healthy. please don’t become as fat as this.’ I see obese people on the street, they barely can walk, run, not to talk about sitting next to them. I am not into skinny trend, but please, stay healthy so you can run to catch the bus, play with your children, carry your shopping bags … 🙁

  2. “You never know”. But we do know. Obesity is a disease. Maybe its not fair that people are being judged for being sick but this level of denial is far worse and dangerous.

    • I think calling it a disease and all the following bunch of medical terms (that many people want us to use so we will end up buying pills and psychopills and whatnot useless) is incorrect. but it is a mix of physical and mental addiction: the first is well wired in biology (but luckily in the majority of cases can be brought back to healthier levels), the latter is very personal and an incredibly effective-and pricey- coping mechanism for a range of fears/denial/difficulties/toxic self-perseptions/negative beliefs and a whole lot of stuff that is specific to them and they have to develop tools to face and change all such things.

      how America is treating obesity and how bad the food industry is there, is just unbelievable.

      • Morbid obesity was rare before the 1950s. Today over half the nation is overweight. It’s what happens when a culture becomes dependent on manufactured foods for its sustenance and self-esteem. It’s far easier to accommodate this dysfunctional state of being than to correct it – hence the magazine covers and pop-psychological nonsense about self-acceptance. As if we would ever do this with cancer. Both will eventually kill you prematurely, cancer just does it faster.

    • Yes we can see that she’s unhealthy, but it’s still none of our business if we don’t know her personally. And an interest in health & wellness should be advertised for everyone, esp for overweight ppl actually. I think the health industry is starting to realize that they can make more money off fat ppl than they have been by encouraging them to participate in a more positive way. That being said, “health at any size” is not the best message to send. But I don’t believe the industry cares about really helping people – they just want $$$$ and that’s what they’re going for here. Now all the fat girls will buy self and the products advertised in it.

      • Anyone that pays health insurance premiums has a dog in this fight. Morbidly obese people are extremely unhealthy and take up a very disproportionate amount of healthcare dollars. Just ask any Briton about the cost of socialized healthcare in England and what they do about those who cost the system too much… such as denying routine surgeries.

  3. The editor’s comment is – excuse my french – bullshit. Yes, there are cases where you can tell how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them – and obesity and anorexia are definitely among them.
    I am all for given different types of bodies and looks etc. a platform, and I think that obese people should not be shamed, but that they should be encouraged to do something for their health. I don’t think this means we have to normalise obesity. It is not normal to be this fat. It is not healthy.

  4. This is nothing more than the Fat Lady at the circus in the old days. It’s a gimmick used to sell products. Anyone who tries to spin it any other way is being dishonest. Attempting to normalize this degree of morbid obesity is disgraceful.

    • Yep- this will get hundreds of comments on SELF’s social media channels. There’s no such thing as bad publicity these days.

    • agree. All her quotes are disgusting. and I am overweight. iskra Lawrence is also in denial(although still looks pretty and is in no way obese). I’ve heard better quotes just from gabourney sibide and , sporadically, from rebel Wilson. even Ashley Graham has much better quotes that are generally encouraging, at least.

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  6. It’s a tricky one. Some positive things do come out of it. A reminder that we are all deserving of love and acceptance no matter where we are at in life. Having said that, if her health is none of my business why is she on this magazine cover. I believe this is a time in history we will look back on with “what the fuck were we thinking”

  7. put an anorexic or a drug addict now, because they are exactly the same!

    note that I’m not saying any of these people is a bad person.

    she is SICK somewhere in her brain and all she can do for the world and for herself is spreading DENIAL DENIAL DENIAL.

    This is a sick example, is not like she is running, or lost a lot of weight and then have “insight” about it, is not even discussing her full personality ,for example a taste for fashion or dress up, in a related magazine.

    This is just so bad…. I mean is probably the “f u” response to all those cringey paternalistic advice that see consumers as stupid sheeps to manipulate emotionally in their needs, but in itself is in no way good!

    it lacks so much perspective and just confirms that it is a stupid magazine.

    shame on you. who read these crappy magazines anyway, seriously. They have nothing to say.

  8. This is a good example of how political correctness leads to collective insanity.
    Biological facts must be replaced with alternative truths to appease the offended.

  9. Soon her knees will give in, and need surgery, then her hips. Har heart will struggle.. Diabetes will surely develop. She will probably die before her time. She might be fine know. But when she hits forty.. It’s a whole other ballgame! Fact!

  10. So weird when really fat girls have tats of skinnier and much more attractive females on their body….like are you trying to constantly remind the guy you’re dating that there are better and healthier women out there?

  11. “you should be happy for me” says the woman who can’t fit into a single airplane seat. ugh. she sounds even dumber than she is.

    looks like self magazine got so desperate (because it’s a crap publication) that they thought “ooh let’s do something ‘controversial'” so stupid. sadly, this is how most countries see the US. shame.

  12. To me this is no different then putting a drug addict on cover of a health magazine and chiding people to not addict shame them.

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