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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Tess Holliday: ‘I’m doing more cardio workouts than ever’

Tess Holliday is doing more exercise than ever during the coronavirus lockdown.In an interview with Self magazine, the model opened up about her experiences living with the stay-at-home restrictions imposed on some states in the U.S. and in many countr…

Tess Holliday is doing more exercise than ever during the coronavirus lockdown.

In an interview with Self magazine, the model opened up about her experiences living with the stay-at-home restrictions imposed on some states in the U.S. and in many countries across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, and revealed she initially struggled to get motivated.

“For the first part of quarantine, I didn’t really leave my house. I would eat breakfast outside, I would play with my little one outside for a bit, but I didn’t do much,” she told the publication, explaining that her best friend had to intervene to get her moving. “I was really active before; I had my trainer that I was working out with, and my job was my life – my life was active. I was hardly ever home. So now, I think I do more cardio than I ever have in my entire life. I walk 3.8 miles (six kilometres) every day – that’s my route. I love a challenge, and I didn’t think I could do it. Once I found out I could do it, I have been. And obviously, it’s helping me so much.”

And now, Tess is hoping her experience in getting – and staying – motivated during the lockdown can inspire her two million followers on Instagram.

“When I started doing my walks, I shared on Instagram Stories, ‘Hey, I’m doing these daily walks and they’re helping me and that’s how I’m showing love to myself.’ So, I asked (my followers), ‘How are you showing love to yourself today?’ Now, it’s been a daily thing,” the 34-year-old explained. “That’s probably the best part of my day, for my own mental health.”

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Sam Smith: ‘Christmas always triggers tricky body issues’

Sam Smith always suffers from “tricky body issues” during the Christmas holidays.The singer, who came out as non-binary earlier this year and now prefers to be referred to with the pronouns they/their, posted a black and white topless snap on Instagram…

Sam Smith always suffers from “tricky body issues” during the Christmas holidays.

The singer, who came out as non-binary earlier this year and now prefers to be referred to with the pronouns they/their, posted a black and white topless snap on Instagram, with the image showing their arms crossed across a hairy chest.

Alongside the picture, Smith wrote: “Christmas time is upon us. This time of the year always triggers tricky body issues with me. I love me some mince pies and all the trimmings, and I always find I gain a bit of weight during this time.

“I’m writing this out to you all, but also writing this for myself. Let’s make sure we remind our bodies during this time that no matter what weight we are, we are deserving of love and acceptance. Let’s love our fluctuating bodies. Look in that mirror and shower that reflection with Christmas kindness. Be super soft. It’s an everyday struggle for me. You aren’t alone.”

The Stay With Me singer was quickly inundated with messages from their fans and celebrity friends, including plus-size model Tess Holliday, who wrote: “Yes. This. Forever. You are beautiful and valid regardless of your size, and thank you for sharing this. (Oh and enjoy all the mince pies).”

Singer Brandi Carlile commented, “You are f**king beautiful Sam”, while Beth Ditto added, “i deserve alllllllll that cake (sic) !”

Smith has previously spoken about their battle with weight and body confidence, writing on Instagram back in April that they have “always hated being naked”. Despite that, the star decided to have a naked day and added to fans: “It has been so empowering and wonderful and f**king FUN. I think everyone should have a naked day once in a while and celebrate that beautiful human body of yours.”

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Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Tess Holliday frustrated by lack of choice in plus-size swimsuits

Tess Holliday is disappointed by the lack of swimsuit options available to plus-size women.The model and blogger, who is a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 24), is a vocal advocate of body positivity and often speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusivity…

Tess Holliday is disappointed by the lack of swimsuit options available to plus-size women.

The model and blogger, who is a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 24), is a vocal advocate of body positivity and often speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusivity.

In a new essay for U.S. InStyle magazine, Tess has opened up about her struggles to find suitable swimsuits and bikinis over the years and noted that few stores stock a range of sizes.

“All of my bathing suits since I started wearing them again have been purchased online. I’ve found the brands that I know I like and I’ll order them,” she wrote. “Some companies are nice enough to send me a couple of swimsuits and I see which ones work for my body. But there are maybe two physical stores that I can think of that I can try stuff on.”

Tess went on to emphasise that she knows she is fortunate to have access to swimsuits from fashion designers and options on photoshoots. Yet, she still has issues with fit when she orders pieces online.

“I’ll see stuff and, as a model, I’ll know it won’t look the same on me as the women on the website, but the suit will arrive, and it won’t remotely look or feel the same on my body,” the 34-year-old shared. “A high-waisted suit won’t have a ‘high waist.’ It will be too low. One-pieces for plus women tend to have awkwardly short torsos. A lot of brands aren’t taking into account our stomachs, our hips, our butts. And the tops that have that tiny strap in the back with, like, one hook? My back fat goes all over it and it just looks like my bikini top is floating on me.”

To conclude her candid article, Tess called on bosses at swimsuit brands to put in more “thought and accountability” into their garments.

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Aidy Bryant launches plus-size clothing line

Aidy Bryant has launched a plus-size clothing line packed with “easy and simple” designs.The Saturday Night Live star isn’t afraid to make a statement with her attire, often opting for bold prints and cute dresses when she steps out onto the red carpet…

Aidy Bryant has launched a plus-size clothing line packed with “easy and simple” designs.

The Saturday Night Live star isn’t afraid to make a statement with her attire, often opting for bold prints and cute dresses when she steps out onto the red carpet.

Now, after receiving so much positive feedback over her signature style, Aidy has teamed with her stylist Remy Pearce on a range named Pauline.

“BIG NEWS: I made some dresses for you guys! from my new clothing line, @shoppaulineny it’s a limited run so shop fast! follow @shoppaulineny for updates. love ya! xo, aidy,” she wrote on Instagram on Thursday.

Aidy and Remy are keeping the collection small to begin with in order to test demand. The collection revolves around the Lovington dress, which is available in a blue colour as well as stripe and gingham fabrics, and features a collar and pockets.

In a video posted on the Pauline website, the Shrill star also explained that she has long had ideas of what she likes to wear, but struggled to find the right items in clothing stores.

“So, here’s what happened. I have been a fat lady my whole damn life…and I always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” the 32-year-old commented. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.”

A number of Aidy’s celebrity followers were quick to congratulate her on the collection.

Queer Eye style guru Tan France wrote on her Instagram post, “CONGRATS, AIDY. BEAUTIFUL DRESSES!” and her fellow Saturday Night Live castmate Vanessa Bayer commented, “Love these!!! So proud of my baby!!”

While plus-size model Tess Holliday added: “I’m gunna need it ALL (sic).”

The Lovington design is available in U.S. sizes 12-28 (U.K. 16-32) and is priced at $175 (£145).

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Tess Holliday didn’t have the confidence to wear a swimsuit for 11 years

Tess Holliday regrets letting her body issues prevent her from wearing a swimsuit for 11 years.While the plus-size model is a body positivity champion nowadays, the 34-year-old confessed in a candid Instagram post that she regretted missing out on “cou…

Tess Holliday regrets letting her body issues prevent her from wearing a swimsuit for 11 years.

While the plus-size model is a body positivity champion nowadays, the 34-year-old confessed in a candid Instagram post that she regretted missing out on “countless moments” with her 13-year-old son Rylee because she couldn’t face baring her body at the beach or the pool.

“I’ve been a Mom for thirteen years, and early on with my oldest son, there were countless moments I missed out on. Why? Because I was too afraid to put a bathing suit on,” Tess wrote alongside a photo and video of her swimming with her three-year-old son Bowie.

“Being seen in public somewhere that I couldn’t hide my fat body in a cardigan was my worst nightmare. I don’t have any photos of me & Rylee at the beach or playing in the pool because I didn’t own a bathing suit from the ages of 13-24,” the model lamented.

However, she’s focused on creating a better example for her sons, and is working on changing her mindset to be more confident about being in a swimsuit.

“Bowie will never know what it’s like to have a mom who doesn’t love her body,” Tess shared.

Telling her followers that every body is a beach body, she urged people to stop using the “toxic diet culture language like ‘beach bodies'”.

“Don’t let fear keep you from enjoying your life, you deserve beautiful experiences, and beautiful photographs to remember them by!” she concluded her positive post.

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Tess Holliday angered by celebrities who refuse to promote plus-size models

Tess Holliday is angered by celebrities who won’t support and promote plus-size models on social media.The 34-year-old vented her frustrations during a recent interview with Nylon magazine, and claimed fellow models refused to show enthusiasm for plus-…

Tess Holliday is angered by celebrities who won’t support and promote plus-size models on social media.

The 34-year-old vented her frustrations during a recent interview with Nylon magazine, and claimed fellow models refused to show enthusiasm for plus-size women for fear of “messing up” their Instagram feed.

“Why is it controversial to talk about the fact that fat people deserve to take up space and deserve to be sexy? All of that just makes me so angry, because I see so many people that are plus-sized figures and figures in general, like celebrities, and they will post Black Lives Matter in their Insta-Stories, but not on their page because they don’t want to mess up their beautiful feed,” she fumed.

“It just makes me so mad because this is why people are dying, this is why people feel so alone. We are not showing up for these people, and we are not telling them that they matter.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Tess noted that she believes she has been brainwashed by society to feel bad about her curves.

“Obviously I probably have internalised fatphobia about myself and what the world has ingrained in us,” the model stated, before reacting to the barrage of comments by social media users earlier this year after she disclosed that she had an abortion after welcoming her second child. “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?”

Tess gave birth to Bowie, her son with husband Nick, in 2016. She also has another son from a previous relationship.

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Tess Holliday comes out as pansexual

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, …

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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Fashion stars celebrate Mother’s Day with sweet dedications to their children

Some of the biggest names in fashion had a model Mother’s Day on Sunday, with the likes of Heidi Klum, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge celebrating motherhood.Numerous fashion stars took to Instagram to add their own sweet messages over the U.S. hol…

Some of the biggest names in fashion had a model Mother’s Day on Sunday, with the likes of Heidi Klum, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge celebrating motherhood.

Numerous fashion stars took to Instagram to add their own sweet messages over the U.S. holiday.

Heidi, who has daughter Leni, 15, from her relationship with Flavio Briatore, and Henry, 14, Johan, 12, and nine-year-old Lou with ex-husband Seal, shared a throwback home video of her breastfeeding Leni with her 6.2 million followers on Instagram.

“…and this is how it all began for me as a Mother ….day 1 with little Leni I feel soooo blessed with 4 amazing children Leni,Henry,Johan and Lou . THANK YOU #mothersday,” she gushed,

Naomi Campbell was one of the thousands to comment, writing four hearts underneath the post.

Meanwhile Behati shared an old snap of when she was pregnant. The Namibian model welcomed daughters Dusty in 2016 and Gio last year with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

“My biggest accomplishment is becoming a mom to my two beautiful girls who chose me. I LOVE YOU. And all the moms in my life and all around the world, Mother’s Day is everyday. THANK YOU for your strength and unconditional love,” she wrote.

Lily, who has children Dixie, six, and Winston, three months, with Kings of Leon star Caleb Followill, told her fans she was “full of gratitude for the magical journey of Motherhood”, adding that she feels so blessed to have her family.

Tess Holliday also shared a sweet post. The plus-size star welcomed her first child, son Rylee, before she found fame, and then her and husband Nick added to their brood with son Bowie in 2016.

“When I first became a Mom, I was a single, living in Mississippi, working at Walmart portrait studio making $7 an hour, & no one knew who I was or cared. When I had my second child 10 years later, I was a celebrity, had to use an alias at the hospital bc of the press following me, I had @nickhollidayco by my side, & was no longer worried about money, a roof over our head or anything else I worried about 10 years prior,” she candidly told her followers.

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