At almost the same time, two models posted pictures of their pregnant bodies to Instagram.
One is Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel. The 27-year-old posted a black and white photo of her long, lean pregnancy figure to her nearly nine million Instagram followers. ‘My not so little boy,’ she wrote beneath the image, revealing the gender of her baby for the first time.
The other is plus-size model Tess Holliday. Pregnant with her second child, the photo showcases her tattooed, size 26 body. The 30-year-old accompanied the image with her signature hashtag #effyourbeautystandards, and an impassioned response to anyone who questions her legitimacy as a model.
“What I want to say to you is that when people told me I couldn’t model, I would always think, I’ve literally had some of the shittiest things happen to me and survived them, so me being a model is not the most ridiculous thing that I have had happen to me. I’ve never taken no for an answer.” Another photo from my @telegraph shoot shot by @alexcayleystudio in NYC when I was 7 mos pregnant last month ???????????????? hair by @elsahair mua @quinnmurphy1 #effyourbeautystandards A photo posted by Plus Model | Mom | Feminist???? (@tessholliday) on