Tess Holliday, according to Wikipedia, is 30-year-old plus-size model originally from Mississippi who describes herself as a “body positive activist.” In 2013 Holliday started an #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram, and was named by Vogue Italia as one of the top plus-size models in the world that same year.
Currently expecting her second child with fiancée Nick Holliday, Holliday took to Instagram earlier this week to share a nude selfie at 37 weeks pregnant. It’s a reminder to her critics that she will “continue to live unapologetically.”
Holliday recently told the Telegraph:
When I tell people I’m a model, they look at me like I’ve said I’ve murdered someone. Their jaw will drop and they will stare blankly at me. I can see the wheels turning, that they’re trying to work out if they’ve heard me correctly.
Holliday is just another reminder that — as we’re seeing more and more of today — beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. You just keep doing you, lady.
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‘Just because we’re plus size, doesn’t mean we have to prove that we’re healthy, just as someone who is smaller than us or average size doesn’t have to prove they are healthy. We should be able to exist in our bodies. I am technically healthy but my body is no more valid than someone’s who isn’t." Shot by @alexcayleystudio for @telegraph out now 💕 I was 7 months pregnant in these photos & loved every moment 🙌🏻 Grab your copy or check it is online 💪🏼 #effyourbeautystandards