Tess Holliday: ‘People can’t look past my size’

Tess Holliday struggles to be heard when she’s discussing gaining or losing weight because people “can’t see past” her size.The model was frustrated when she began hearing other social media influencers complain about putting on weight during the coron…

Tess Holliday struggles to be heard when she’s discussing gaining or losing weight because people “can’t see past” her size.

The model was frustrated when she began hearing other social media influencers complain about putting on weight during the coronavirus lockdown, and took to Instagram to vent her concerns in a video back in March.

However, Tess has now admitted she didn’t feel like she was being taken seriously when discussing diets and healthy eating habits because of her size.

“The first week we were in quarantine, I posted a funny video being like, ‘I’m so tired of hearing people complain about the weight that they might gain. Who cares? We’re in an actual pandemic.’ And that’s still how I feel,” she told Self magazine. “I’m in an interesting position because I know that I am fat, I know that I am larger than what people consider acceptably plus-size, so when people see someone that looks like me – that is my size – talking about loving yourself and it being fatphobic, people can’t look past my size.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old, real name Ryann Maegen Hoven, opened up about taking care of her mental health while in self-isolation at her home in Los Angeles with her three-year-old son Bowie.

“I try to create a checklist each day of things that I need to do. Some of that is work, some of it is personal goals,” Tess explained. “I’ve been journaling. I have been spending time with my little one outside… I’m also taking time for myself before I go to bed.”

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