Images: Instagram (@ashybines/@tessholliday).
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The 30-year-old, who is currently pregnant with her second child, made a name for herself online with her #EffYourBeautyStandards campaign before being offered a modelling contract in January last year.
With her unwavering self-belief, it’s not hard to see why Holliday has struck a chord with thousands of women. However, it seems not everyone sees her as an inspiration.
Yesterday, Australian fitness star Ashy Bines shared her thoughts on Holliday’s body image by comparing it to that of a “clearly underweight” catwalk model. In a post shared across her social media platforms, the 27-year-old argued that neither women reflected “health.”
“Thin girls are slammed ALOT these days but females who are carrying more weight than what they should for their bodies, organs, moods, bones, cells, etc to be ‘healthy’ are now inspirations because they are confident in their swimsuit?” the personal trainer wrote.
“I think it’s FANTASTIC [Holliday] feels comfortable but at the same time I don’t think it’s a healthy body image that should be applauded.”
Bines, whose Bikini Body Challenge has gained devout followers around the world, went on to explain that she finds the reaction to Holliday’s body image “sad.”
“I just think it’s sad that women who are obviously eating a lot more than what they need and not moving their bodies to be fit, strong and healthy are getting praise,” she writes.
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“There is no ‘perfect’ body and no two bodies are the same BUT it is obvious when someone is living an extreme lifestyle one end or the other and I hope girls find other role models to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle.”
Although a number of the Gold Coast-based trainer’s social media followers agreed with her sentiment, others clearly believed she missed the mark.
“Although you may not look at [Holliday] and perceive that she is healthy, she is a role model in that she is suggesting it is okay for you to love yourself, no matter where you sit in terms of personal health … no one knows anything about her health but her,” one Facebook fan wrote.
“Body shaming anyone is wrong. More so when it is on a public forum where impressionable minds look up to you,” another pointed out.