Tess Holliday Opens Up About the Guilt She Faces as a Body-Positive Icon in a Revealing New Interview

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Mom, model, author, and body positive activist Tess Holliday has shared her journey with fans through social media, interviews, and even her own book, The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl: Loving The Skin You're In. But, her new digital cover story for Self Magazine is different for one major reason -- it's a health magazine. It is not very often that we see plus-size bodies represented in health publications, but as society continues to make strides towards being more inclusive, Self's latest project aims to challenge that. 

In her new interview (which is taking the internet by storm) Tess got real about dealing with online trolls, taking care of herself, and even the guilt she sometimes faces as a figure in the body-positive community. 

  • "This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine," Tess wrote on Instagram about her stunning new feature. 

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    During Tess's interview with journalist Ashley C. Ford, she talked a little about "concern trolls," which are those evil social media commenters who take it upon themselves to "help" you by telling you to lose weight. Well, those of us who are avid Tess followers know that she doesn't entertain any of that. 

    “I think it frustrates me that so many people have bought into the idea of what we should look like instead of actually giving a crap about everyone around you,” she said. “People should mind their own business.”

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  • Tess also discussed how as a working wife and mother-of-two she "wasn't doing any self-care" until very recently. 

    Not only has Tess admitted to dealing with serious postpartum depression after her second son was born, but she also said that a lot of her childhood trauma resurfaced while she was writing her book. 

    But now, in addition to accepting the love and support from her husband and family, Tess said she is also taking medication for her depression, has a life coach, and is eating differently. 

  • Although Tess's lifestyle changes seem to be a really great thing for her, she is still sometimes faced with guilt about how her fans might react. 

    “I feel guilty,” she told Self. She continued:

    “The amount of people [who] get thrust into the limelight and they're plus size? They lose weight. The more successful they get, the more weight they lose. It's hard because those people don't owe staying fat to anyone. It's their body and what they want to do, but there is also a sense of betrayal that [people with] bigger bodies feel, and it's hard because you're in your head. I've [thought this about] many people, where you're like, ‘Is it their choice? Were they pressured [into losing weight]?’”

  • Unfortunately, whether we lose weight or gain it, people will always have opinions on our appearance. 

    But, guess what, our bodies are none of their business! 

    "I believe in doing things for yourself and being active in a way that suits you and your lifestyle, but I try to tell people all the time you can't judge other people and what they're doing with their bodies," Tess said. 

  • And we couldn't agree more! 


    Of course it's important to make sure that we're taking care of ourselves, but what that means exactly is different for everybody.

    So, you do what you gotta do boo! 

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