Tess Holliday Says 'I'm Tired of Feeling Like I Don't Matter Because I Happen to Exist in a Bigger Body'
Size-22 model Tess Holliday is feeling like models over a size 14 like herself aren't accepted or celebrated, and she's sick of it
The size-22 model tweeted out her frustrations Thursday night.
“I’m so tired of feeling like I don’t matter because I happen to exist in a bigger body,” Holliday, 31, writes. “The only kind of plus size body you see in major fashion mags in a size 14 or smaller. I keep thinking things are changing, but for those of us past a size 16, it sure doesn’t feel that way.”
Holliday says that many of the curvy models people started to look up to have changed their bodies.
“We are surrounded by our heroes getting weight loss surgery, pedaling fitness to us, instead of true self love & acceptance,” she says. “It genuinely feels like there is just no place for girls like me.”
Holliday shared the same message on Facebook, and clarified in the comments that she isn’t calling out people for getting weight loss surgery.
“For those of you reaching trying to say I don’t support WLS [weight loss surgery], I NEVER said that. Literally never. I have an issue with people getting it & then shaming their body ‘before,’ ” she explains. “The reality is you gotta love what you got , & if you want to lose weight — cool. Your body your choice. But don’t say how gross you were, etc.”
“There are plenty of things to get offended about, but taking a term that’s never been used in hate & is merely a descriptor & trying to take away OUR community is not cool. #plussizeandproud” she posted on Instagram in April.
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“Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum,” Holliday shared alongside photos of herself in a bra and underwear. “It’s been six months, and my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, [I have] new stretch marks, and I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever.”
“I wasn’t anticipating this at all,” she writes. “I’m not used to looking in the mirror and feeling like I don’t recognize myself, but sadly that’s my reality some days.”