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Magazines often fail to feature plus sized women on the cover. It's a simple fact. Walk into your local newsagents and you'll be met by an array of striking covers that mostly feature thin women.

Stars like Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez often dazzle on the front of the glossies, and yes, they look beautiful, but they are all of similar size.

Women have yearned to be skinny since what feels like the beginning of time. We grew up thinking there was only one way we should look and that was thin.


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Of course, there is nothing wrong with being thin, but we need to celebrate other body types.

This month, Cosmopolitan featured Tess Holliday on the front cover. Tess Holliday is a size 24.

The magazine wanted to celebrate plus size women, but instead they were met with a wave of backlash with many people claiming they were promoting obesity.

Editor of Cosmopolitan Farrah Storr has hit back at the dismissive comments about what could be a historic cover for the publication.

During her appearance on Good Morning Britain, she explained her decision to put Tess on the cover: “This is one cover, which has a larger lady on the cover, in a sea, in a world, in a culture which has venerated – since I can remember – thinness.”

She does not believe featuring a size 24 woman on the cover will promote obesity.

“Are people going to look at that and go, ‘Do you know what? I’m going to go and mainline doughnuts, this is what I want for my life’. Of course not. It’s patronising to say,” she said.

“I’m celebrating her. I am not celebrating morbid obesity,” the author stressed.


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The cover isn’t about promoting a certain size. It’s all about showing women that there are tons of different bodies out there.

It is showing women that you can look beautiful and feel confident, regardless of your size.

It is reassuring women who may feel self-conscious or undesirable because of their weight.

The Cosmopolitan cover is opening the world’s eyes to all the different types of beauty there are that never made it to the glossy pages of women’s magazines until now.


Plus-size model and body positivity activist, Tess Holliday, has a lot to say about fat shaming. 

Known for promoting fashion and self love for all shapes and sizes the mum-of-two was shocked to discover that her photo was used in an advert for a photoshopping app. 

The video, shared by Holliday herself, shows pictures or herself and tow other plus-size models being shrunk to conform to homogenized beauty standards. 

Needless to say, Holliday was not pleased. 


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Firstly she confirms that the app in question stole her photos. 

"An app that has nearly 50k downloads was dumb enough to steal photos of myself & two other plus size women & use them for this nonsense."

She then criticises the app itself, saying that it's "appalling," for anyone to market an app that drastically changes appearance. Instagram regulations, she continues to say, are at fault for this subliminal advertising. 

"Secondly, why is Instagram not regulating the sponsored content like this? In a world of paid content, flat tummy teas, appetite suppressing lollipops (so many) its important for me to tell y’all that I have & will never partner with a brand or do paid content unless I genuinely use it or would recommend it to my best friend.


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"I’ve been offered crazy amounts of money to sell y’all all kinds of things like teeth whitening (that doesn't work), weight loss products (that are dangerous), etc., but that’s me- to each their own." 

She then signs off off with a strong message of body positivity.

"Lastly never let anyone make you feel like you need to alter your appearance or who you are. You are enough. You are worthy of love in your current body, whatever that body looks like." 

As for the app, she's not letting this slide; "my lawyers will be sliding in your DM’s boo." 


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Other commenters are disgusted at the apps use of Holliday's photos, saying that plus-sized models shouldn't be vilified. 

"Get em!! As a plus size woman, I’m genuinely horrified that they would use beautiful models and alter their appearance to fit their own agenda. WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL THE WAY THEY ARE."

"And people wonder why young people have no self esteem and body confidence eh? I mean, as I got older I learn to love my body but when I was young it was like it was wrong to be a bigger girl. I’m a size 20 with a fat ass I am proud of."

"So gross! Makes me so so cross! Especially using photos of women who are all about body positivity! Despicable!" 

We think she's gorgeous- keep spreading that positivity! 


The Internet can be a nasty place for women whose bodies don’t abide by “normal” beauty standards and as one endurance athlete recently proved that idea applies to women at both ends of the size spectrum.

By the time Brittany Aäe was 39 weeks pregnant, the fitness coach was fed up of people criticising her toned body.

Taking to Instagram, Brittany posted a photo of her heavily pregnant body beside that of plus-sized model Tess Holliday – who recently gave birth to a baby boy – to highlight that despite their very different body types and weights both women were being subject to abuse for their pregnancy figures.

She wrote: “In this image these two women are at about the same stage in their pregnancies – 39 weeks.”


in this image these two women are at about the same stage in their pregnancies – 39 weeks. that is the gorgeous @tessholliday looking boss on the left and me with the defined abs on the right. she is a voluptuous model and I am a sinewy mountain athlete. both of us are shamed for our size – she for her roundness and me for my smallness. both of us are having or had healthy pregnancies as validated by our healthcare providers. both of us are making empowered choices about our personal health. why does our society shame women whose bodies do not adhere to some narrow notion of false normalcy?  let's instead keep our thoughts and words about other people's size to ourselves. pregnancy is tough enough without also being body shamed. #effyourbeautystandards #momshame

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“That is the gorgeous @tessholliday looking boss on the left and me with the defined abs on the right. She is a voluptuous model and I am a sinewy mountain athlete.”

“Both of us are shamed for our size – she for her roundness and me for my smallness. Both of us are having or had healthy pregnancies as validated by our healthcare providers. Both of us are making empowered choices about our personal health.”

After pointing out both the similarities and differences between herself and Tess, Brittany – who purposely documented her pregnancy fitness regime for those who were interested in staying in shape through pregnancy – asked why were they being so heavily criticised.


throughout pregnancy I was so scared of how my body would look and feel after pregnancy. as a mind-body athlete, my body is my sacred vehicle for gnostic movement, my only home, my treasure. I couldn't bear the thought of ringing in my big 3-0 (two weeks from now!) in a body that didn't feel like home. so, after overthinking it too much this is me two weeks before pregnancy, twenty weeks pregnant, thirty nine weeks pregnant (and actually in labor), and one week postpartum. when I was at the gym each day taking these photos I did the same workout: ten pitches in the 5.10-5.11 range followed by a run. happy to report that, in that last image, I felt STRONGER than in the first image. I am sharing not to brag, to make others feel bad about their own unique journeys, or to put any 'should's out there. I share to dispel fear other pregnant athletes might hold about their own post-pregnancy bodies. please allow these images to broaden your idea of what a 'normal' pregnant and postpartum body looks like. once again I feel at home in my body – except this body just got done blood doping for ten months while wearing a progressive weight vest. I'm coming for you, Bust tha Move! #pregnantathlete

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She said: “Why does our society shame women whose bodies do not adhere to some narrow notion of false normalcy?”

“Let's instead keep our thoughts and words about other people's size to ourselves. Pregnancy is tough enough without also being body shamed.”

Brittany – who runs the Magnetic North blog – told Elle she was sick of “the general idea that women’s bodies are somehow public property”.

We think that is something everyone is sick of.  Point well made.



Congratulations are in order for Tess Holiday. She has just welcomed her second child!

The plus-size model took to Instagram to post a gorgeous picture of her and her new son, with the new mum's fresh face glowing.

She captioned the pic: "Our handsome little guy is here, Bowie Juniper Holliday."


Our handsome little guy is here, Bowie Juniper Holliday @nickhollidayco snapped this while I was dressing him to go home

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We kinda ADORE the name.

Bowie is Tess's first child with her fiancé Nick. The body-positive model already has a ten-year-old son, Rylee, from a previous relationship.

We wish the whole family health and happiness.


Describing herself as a 'positive body activist' as well as a model, she is the size-26 beauty who has shaken up the fashion industry.

And now Tess Holliday – sometimes dubbed the world's first plus-sized supermodel – has decided to really push the boat out, posing up entirely nude.

In the gorgeous Instagram snap, which has notched up 42,000 likes since being posted, the 30-year-old includes an inspiring message for her fans.

"My relationship with my body is a journey, not a destination. I appreciate & honor what's it's done for me, & the life it brought into the world.

"I couldn't give a monkeys if you find me attractive or if my body offends you."

Ms Holliday recently criticised the likes of Victoria's Secret for not carrying larger sizes.

"Growing up in Mississippi, I definitely remember Victoria's Secret being a huge part of my teenage mall experience, but I couldn't really fit into any of the underwear," she told MTV News.

"I've never actually worn anything from there. I've never been able to." 

She added: "But I think to have the biggest lingerie retailer in the world carry plus-size lingerie would be a huge step in the right direction and an accomplishment, not just for the industry, but for women in general." 

Tess went on to state: "The bottom line is that there's this pervasive feeling that fat girls aren't supposed to feel sexy, and that needs to change.

"It's something plus-size women are constantly messaged – either overtly or subconsciously – and that shows in a lack of options for lingerie." 

At 1.65m tall, Ms Holliday weighs around 130kg. She first pursued her career at the age of 15, but didn't start modelling professionally until 2007. 

She has worked with Benefit cosmetics and H&M and has appeared in Nylon and Vogue Italia.

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