In her recent issue with Cosmopolitan UK, Tess Holliday —supermodel, author, and body positive advocate with a reach of 1.6 million Instagram followers — opened up about her mental-health issues, as well as a night she was raped.
According to Independent UK, Holliday revealed in the issue that she didn't even realize that the incident was rape. “I was into him, but I didn’t want to have sex. He forced himself onto me," the outlet wrote.
In the issue, the model also revealed that she was in "the worst mental health state of her life," from January 2017 until spring of this year.
Regarding her body, Holliday said she wishes she had loved herself a lot sooner, before launching the #effyourbeautystandards Instagram account and campaign.
She started the account in response to body-shaming trolls. “I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’" she told the magazine. "And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, ‘F*** that!’ So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’, and encouraged others to do the same."
People on Twitter cheered for Tess' Cosmo UK cover, proud to see her serving face and body flawlessly!
This user questioned how different life would have been had they grown up seeing women of all sizes represented:
User @StacyFitz was excited to see Cosmo feature a "plus sized Queen" and TBH, we couldn't agree more:
People expressed how important it is to see representation like Tess in media and on magazine covers...
...And that body diversity isn't exclusive to one size, shape, color, or sexual orientation.
Tess, we love the amazing work you are doing to promote size inclusivity and body positivity for all women! WERK IT, QUEEN!