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First ever 'Plus-Size' model Tess Holliday shines on famous American health magazine cover 'Self'; draws everyone’s attention

Mohit Mohanan | Updated on: 2 July 2018, 14:57 IST
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 An author, mother and is the very first plus-size model to grace the cover of American famous health Magazine 'Self'. The cover page with a fat positivity activist is showcased by a bold declaration: “Tess Holliday’s health is none of your business”.

Tess Holliday

The health and wellness magazine Self-explains why the publication decided to give Holliday “a platform.” by including a portion of Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Kylstra’s editor’s letter on its Instagram account.

“Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size,” the letter said. “We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible.”

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Body-positivity activist

“You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward,” Kylstra writes.

“And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.”


In an interview with US TV show Today, Holliday said it’s time to reclaim the word ‘fat’.

“I’m trying to reclaim that word. It’s just a word that I use to describe myself, in the same way that I might tell people ‘I’m a mum’, ‘I’m a pizza enthusiast’, I’m a redhead’. There’s no shame in it for me.”

“I feel really fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living and to have gone through everything I have in life,” she tells SELF. “I wouldn’t change any of it.”

People often feel like staying fat and over-sized is a way of living unhealthy, but they never realize the fact that abusing someone on social media or underestimating them is an also a sign of sickness.


Tess Holliday

Many appreciation and offensive statements were seen on social media. Some were applauding the magazine’s decision, by writing, “Thanks for showing ALL kinds of beautiful women!” and another saying they “adore this!”

Another wrote, “Thank you @selfmagazine for showing the world a range of health bodies – and encouraging people to look at the many important factors that make up a well human.”

While some had a different point of view, like, “this is terribly unhealthy.”

Another one wrote: “She’s so not healthy! I think horrible to promote it. She may be smart, and an activist but for fat and overweight shouldn’t be glorified! Bad move.”

Tess Holliday

When asked about it, Holliday answered: “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. People should mind their own business.”

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First published: 2 July 2018, 14:57 IST