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Tess Holliday Is On The Cover Of Self Magazine's First Digital Issue And She Looks Incredible

"We chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size."

SELF magazine's first ever digital cover featured model, author, body positivity activist, and MEGA BABE, Tess Holliday.

Instagram: @tessholliday

In her editor's letter, Carolyn Kylstra stresses how size representation is necessary, especially in a health magazine. She also explains that they gave Tess Holiday a platform because her message and what she represents is important, especially in a society where bigger bodies are often discredited.

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“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. 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. 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. 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,” Kylstra wrote.

People are LOVING the cover:

The occasional trolls made an appearance too, but no one has time for them.
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The occasional trolls made an appearance too, but no one has time for them.

And of course, Tess is thrilled about what this cover means. "This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine 😭🙏🏻 Thank you Self for changing the game with me," she wrote on her Instagram page.

Instagram: @selfmagazine

Tess has built a career as a model and advocate and has always stayed true to herself and what she believes in, especially when it comes to her body. “I try to tell people all the time you can't judge other people and what they're doing with their bodies,” Tess said in her Self interview.

Instagram: @tessholliday

She has put up with people's hateful comments about her weight for years, even when she was pregnant, but she always stayed classy and never engaged with the trolls. “I just refuse to go down that road, and to feel like I need to prove my health and my worth to people that don't care."

Oh, and if you have something to say about her health, then don't waste your time, because she doesn't care. "The reality is I don't owe you shit and I don't have to prove that I'm healthy or not, because it is nobody's business," Tess expressed.

Instagram: @tessholliday

Check out her full interview and SELF's The Weight Issue.

Keep doing you, babe!

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