Tess Holliday: “The pressure of “looking good” for a living is too much today”

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Mom-of-two Tess Holliday (who gave birth to her second child 8 months ago) recently opened up on Instagram about the pressures of being a working mom, especially when having to look good for a living. Here’s a part of her emotional post:

My confidence has taken a blow with this birth & it wasn’t until this morning I realized why. The pressure of “looking good” for a living is too much today. When your face is breaking out from the hormones of breastfeeding + total exhaustion from lack of sleep, bags under your eyes, patchy red skin & to top it off no energy to work out or leave my bed.. how do you do it? How do you feel confident in your skin & feel like you aren’t letting the client down by showing up exhausted & disheveled? Yes, I chose a career based on my looks & I’m the first one to say that beauty isn’t what should drive you, it’s certainly not what motivates me. As a working mom in an industry that’s as critical as mine, where is the line? The balance? The compassion? Is any career understanding when you show up at negative 10% because your kids wouldn’t let you sleep & you want to hide under your covers & cry? Not many. I hope one day that changes & society views mothers as the flawed human beings we are that are just trying to keep our shit together like everyone else. #effyourbeautystandards #workingmoms #disruptperfectmomsyndrome

… says Tess.

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This is the reality of being a mom. I've been up since 3 am, & every time I get Bowie to sleep & try to lay him down, he wakes up. He is teething & has no clue I have to work today, & most days I can work 15 hour days, take care of both boys & put some lipstick on & deal with it. Most days I drink my coffee & smile at every little thing he does thinking it's the best thing in the world, but not today. I've been crying for nearly two hours, & I'm crying as I write this. I've reached my limit, exceeded it to be honest. My confidence has taken a blow with this birth & it wasn't until this morning I realized why. The pressure of "looking good" for a living is too much today. When your face is breaking out from the hormones of breastfeeding + total exhaustion from lack of sleep, bags under your eyes, patchy red skin & to top it off no energy to work out or leave my bed.. how do you do it? How do you feel confident in your skin & feel like you aren't letting the client down by showing up exhausted & disheveled? Yes, I chose a career based on my looks & I'm the first one to say that beauty isn't what should drive you, it's certainly not what motivates me. As a working mom in an industry that's as critical as mine, where is the line? The balance? The compassion? Is any career understanding when you show up at negative 10% because your kids wouldn't let you sleep & you want to hide under your covers & cry? Not many. I hope one day that changes & society views mothers as the flawed human beings we are that are just trying to keep our shit together like everyone else. #effyourbeautystandards #workingmoms #disruptperfectmomsyndrome

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20 thoughts on “Tess Holliday: “The pressure of “looking good” for a living is too much today””

  1. Oh please. I wonder why she feels so bad. Could it possibly be related to a horrible diet and being morbidly obese? Eh, probably not.

  2. Maybe you feel tired and have bags under your eyes cuz you have sleep apnea because you’re way over weight? Maybe your skin is breaking out because of your poor diet choices? I breastfed my baby and never had acne breakouts while I was breastfeeding. I do understand the not sleeping part cause of kids, but having all that extra weight on her must further exacerbate her fatigue. I work really hard to stay fit and it’s a work in progress, and not every woman snaps back in shape right away, but I don’t make excuses for how I feel or look since looking and feeling good in my mind are a lifestyle choice. I choose to lead a healthy lifestyle…she clearly does not.

  3. Is she serious? Her whole business venture is about her ‘looking good’ and ‘feeling good’ as a bigger person. The only reason she’s somehow famous is because she is a social media queen and is bigger!
    Give me a break! Could you imagine someone like Rosie HW saying the same sh&t?

  4. Being a parent sure is a tough and stressful job. But honestly, with someone her size I wouldn’t even notice under eye bags or pimples or anything else that is basically invisible compared to her volume.

  5. God shut up Tess.
    On the plus side, I’m glad my line of work has nothing to do with appearance. So liberating. I never feel like I have to wear makeup or look sexy. Most days I don’t

  6. Also so painful to see her use Maya Angelou’s poetry about the black female experience and edit contort it to infer some sort of plus sized anthem for this giant massive ego, whitewashing it. How empowering for her

  7. I’m of a lower normal BMI and my skin still reacts pretty badly to pregnancy so it’s definitely not just an overweight thing. Though for me it’s weird bad dryness but still ends with blotchy red skin so same difference i guess. She has a nice face for being so big, i get so chubby looking with just gaining a few pounds it’s annoying. She does seem very needy for attention and extra.

  8. Seriously how is she still alive? Anatomically speaking, big-boned or big-hearted, a human body can not survive a long time at that weight. How come nobody hospitalizes her? Woman looks about to have frikkin heart attack any minute.

  9. I get the impression that she’s very starved for attention, and that she needs constant validation or she can’t function. I can’t see her as a multifaceted person. In that way she’s no different from straight sized models who post selfies on Instagram ad nauseum.

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