Tess Holliday is easily one of the most famous and recognizable truly plus-sized models in the world right now. She’s been gracing magazines, writing books, hanging out with celebs and generally killing the body-positivity game for a while now.
Here she is hanging out with Jeff Goldblum.
And with Queer Eye’s Jonathan.
And flaunting it on the cover of Self…
But her most recent cover has stopped the internet in its tracks. Not only does she look absolutely stunning, which is pretty typical for her, but it’s the cover of a magazine that has not historically been friendly for bodies of size. Tess’s most recent cover is the cover of UK Cosmopolitan. Yeah, Cosmo put a big girl on the cover!
Check it out.
Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that!
Thank you @CosmopolitanUK for this incredible opportunity If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life
Issue hits stands 8/31! pic.twitter.com/sBYWY7nEwZ
— Tess Holliday (@Tess_Holliday) August 29, 2018
Twitter is in love.
Wonderful! Way to go!
Too bad Cosmo's American version won't do this. It's long past time to put real women of all shapes, colors, and sizes on the covers and in the pages.
— Kat (@KatAdler21) August 30, 2018
— Paige (@LifewithPugs) August 29, 2018
How many young women would have been out enjoying life knowing they're beautiful as they are, rather than crying over why they don't look like they “should”, if photos like this were more prevalent? https://t.co/yhvnuWwRFG
— Seasonal Thalassophile (@Oddsbodikins7) August 29, 2018
Trying to figure out how different my life and self-image would be if I had grown up seeing women of all sizes represented like this. pic.twitter.com/rvN13dba74
— Sarah Hannon (@hannonksarah) August 29, 2018
Yas Gurl Yas!!!!! God damn bombshell! And I bet you have an amazingly beautiful soul to go with the looks!!!! Enjoy this!!!!
— (@Ms_ShaLeeLee) August 30, 2018
It would have changed MANY girls' lives, including mine. pic.twitter.com/mXDnK0Ltj0
— Emme Chatterton (@emmechatterton) August 30, 2018
At almost 45 yrs old and plus size most of my life this is groundbreaking , girls today have no clue how this will change them forever.
— MM (@MISANTHROPIC73) August 29, 2018
Congratulations! Real women come in all sizes. I've been a 6, 8, 10, 12 throughout my life. Kudos for inspiring other women ❣
— JenDan31 (@jenDanser31) August 30, 2018
Of course there are people who disagree that this cover is a positive thing. A lot of people feel it promotes obesity as healthy — but Tess has always been vocal about her stance. It’s not about loving her body because it’s”fat”— for her it’s about loving our bodies because they are ours, no matter our size. Critics claim she can’t possibly be healthy, but she works out often and has been examined by several doctors. She’s honestly got better numbers across most health indicators than a lot of people do. She’d also be pretty quick to point out that all of that was really none of your business and that most people don’t ask those questions of people who are underweight, soooo… yeah.
Tess Holliday is a mother, model, author, mental health advocate, wife and all around powerhouse of a woman out here trying to show the world that beautiful can happen in any body, regardless of shape, size, color, gender, disability or anything. We can totally get down with that.