Tess Holliday Takes on Haters 'Concerned' About Her Being Plus-Size & Pregnant

Model Tess Holliday got exactly one day of peace after announcing her second pregnancy. Then the trolls came out to play. But Holliday is a mama who's used to dealing with the haters, and she's got an important message: Your body -- and your baby -- is no one else's business. Can I get an amen!?

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Maybe that's worth repeating. You don't have to feel bad, and other people's comments don't amount to a pile of crap. Mama, you do you, because you're gorgeous and you're killing it.

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Of course Holliday is much more experienced talking body shaming, so let's just take a moment to listen to her very sound advice. Here she is looking ravishing at eight months pregnant.

And just in case you didn't get the full message, Holliday tags her post with #effyourbeautystandards.

Yes, eff them indeed.

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See, women who deviate from that ridiculously narrow definition of beauty face a tough enough time with people constantly giving them "advice" or criticism about everything from their health to their hair and clothes. But pregnant women face a double whammy. Because for some ridiculous reason, pregnant women's bodies become public property practically at the moment of conception. Your body is no longer just a means to judge your worth; now your body is a public battleground for bystanders to argue about and discuss.

And as Holliday, who is already a mother to one kiddo, explains, that doesn't stop once you pop that little baby out. Your mothering skills are also up for debate.

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So what can we do to push back? First we can try to remind ourselves not to care so much what other people say, and stick with what we know works best for our bodies and our families. Which isn't a particularly easy thing to do. Especially when much of that criticism and judgment can come from doctors and caregivers we're paying to give us advice. Plenty of women commented on the post with their own stories of being shamed by health-care providers.

But Holliday does offer some advice that seems practically foolproof and genius in its simplicity.

"It's also okay to tell someone to f-ck off when they give you unsolicited advice about what's 'best' for you & your baby," Holliday writes. "As women, we know what's best & that's our business ... no one else's."

Got that? Good. Now let's all go out and practice what Tess is preaching. Because eventually everyone will get the hint and lay off. Well, at least a girl can dream.

 


Image via Tess Holliday/Facebook

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