Model and author, Tess Holliday, has dealt with online trolls and bullies commenting on her weight for as long as she can remember - but now she’s hit back and recently become the first-ever digital cover star of
However, having such vast publicity has encouraged Holliday opening up what it’s been like dealing with constant attacks on her size.
On Instagram, Holliday shared a photo of the magazine cover to her 1.6 million followers and wrote: “I’m over the moon to finally share - this is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine.”
In an interview with Health magazine, she revealed how most online trolls are 'concerned' about her weight in relation to health, and she used to spend a lot of her time replying to comments telling people she was actually very healthy.
Speaking about the ‘concerned trolls’ she said: “It frustrates me that so many people have bought into the idea of what we should look like instead of actually giving a crap about everyone around you. People should mind their own business.”
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The 32-year old also mentioned that she struggled with her mental health, as well as postnatal depression after giving birth to her second son, and it was then that she released she didn’t need to “prove that I’m healthy or not.”
"By telling people that you see a doctor, and telling people that you're healthy, it's perpetuating the abuse against bigger bodies and the mindset that we owe it to people to be healthy. The reality is I don't owe you sh*t and I don't have to prove that I'm healthy or not, because it is nobody's business,” she said.
The star is now taking medication for her post-natal depression and has begun eating differently to improve her mental health. But she’s also revealed that doing so has left her feeling ‘guilty’ for losing weight.
“There’s a sense of betrayal that [people with] bigger bodies feel, and it’s hard because you’re in your head. I’ve [thought this about] many people where you’re like ‘is it their choice? Were they pressured [into losing weight]?”
Despite this, she’s said that she’s not giving up fried chicken or Cheetos because “it’s my body.” We feel you, girl.