Plus-size model Tess Holliday has come out as pansexual.
The 33-year-old revealed during an interview with Nylon magazine that she prefers to identify herself as pansexual, defined as “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity,” rather than her previous label of bisexual.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship to my own queerness, and I think the word pansexual speaks to me more than bi does,” she explained. “I feel like a lot of stuff in my life now makes sense. A lot of the things that I felt when I was younger make sense. A lot of the relationships that I had make sense.
“I definitely have a sense of relief. I can connect with people on a more intimate level than I was before, because I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not.”
When the interviewer asked Tess, who is married to artist Nick Holliday, if that means she’d consider being in a relationship with a woman, she replied with an emphatic “Yeah!”
Elsewhere in the interview, Tess addressed her previous admission that she had an abortion after welcoming her second child with Nick. Her revelation divided opinion, with many criticising the stunning brunette for being so open about her termination, but Tess remains unsure why she felt “shame” over the decision.
“Why is it controversial that I chose to talk about my abortion? And the fact that I got an abortion when I was in a marriage and could have financially supported a child, why did I feel so much shame for that?” she mused.
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