Tess Holiday is a plus-size model that is well known in the industry for promoting body positivity for bigger women. With 1.6 million Instagram followers, the mother of two has created a huge followed for bigger women who need a reminder that they too are beautiful.
Recently, Holiday landed her very first Cosmopolitan Magazine cover for Cosmo UK. Excited to finally be on the cover of Cosmo, Holiday shared the cover photo all over social media, thanking them for the opportunity to promote body positivity and spread a message of good energy to women of all shapes and sizes.
Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that! 😭😭 Thank you @cosmopolitanuk & @farrahstorr for this incredible opportunity 🙏🏻 If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life & hope this does that for some of y’all 💕 Issue hits stands 8/31! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Photo by the incredible @wattsupphoto #effyourbeautystandards
While Holiday has a lot of adoring fans who appreciate her honesty, her confidence, and her ability to change perspective in a very cut-throat industry, there were others who were not as supportive. Many took to social media to question the choice of putting Holiday on a cover and “promoting obesity.” Many on social media commented on her BMI, her weight, and her decision to promote such an “unhealthy lifestyle.”
Holiday has not responded to any of the accusations that her cover was a bad decision and a bad influence on women–but, seeing her other posts from the past, she seems doesn’t think it’s anyone’s business whether or not she sees a doctor and any of that personal information.
“In the beginning I used to say, ‘I’m healthy, my cholesterol’s fine, I don’t have high blood pressure, I don’t have diabetes,” she says. But now she takes a different approach. “By telling people that you see a doctor, and telling people that you're healthy, it's perpetuating the abuse against bigger bodies and the mindset that we owe it to people to be healthy. The reality is I don't owe you shit and I don't have to prove that I'm healthy or not, because it is nobody's business.” Still on cloud ☁️ nine from my @selfmagazine cover shoot 😭 Thank you all so much for your comments, shares, & love! 💕 #effyourbeautystandards #teamself