American model Tess Holliday has vowed never to take another Uber after she was allegedly body shamed by one of the ride-sharing company’s drivers.
In an Instagram post shared this week with her 1.4 million followers, the 31-year-old claimed the male driver accused her of being unhealthy as a result of her size.
“Hey Uber,” Holliday wrote. “I don’t pay more to use your [premium] ‘black car’ service to be told that there’s no way I could possibly be healthy because I’m fat…”
In an accompanying video, the driver can be heard questioning Holliday about her cholesterol levels, to which she replies, “I’m perfect. I’m healthy.”
“No one should have to tolerate this at any level of the services you offer,” the mother of one wrote.
“I’m fat. I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services. Ever.”
Hey @uber I don’t pay more to use your “black car” service to be told that there’s no way I could possibly be healthy because I’m fat & then questioning it. No one should have to tolerate this at any level of the services you offer. I’m fat. I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services. Ever. Also after I told him I was healthy he turned the radio off & changed the subject. #putmymoneywheremymouthis #uberdriver #uber Edited to add: saying my driver is fat was obviously being used as a descriptor & not to insult him. Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming, it was to be able to show what I deal with daily & why this behavior is unacceptable from anyone.
Holliday, who is a high-profile advocate for body positivity, attracted criticism from some followers over the caption on the video, in which she described the driver as “fat”.
However, in an edit to the post the Los Angeles woman added that she was using the word as a “descriptor and not to insult him”.
“Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming,” she wrote, “it was to be able to show what I deal with daily and why this behaviour is unacceptable from anyone.”
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Holliday, born Ryann Maegen Hoven and formerly known as Tess Munster, rose to fame in 2011 as the face of US television series Heavy,
She has since appeared in campaigns for major fashion and cosmetics labels – including H&M and Benefit – and been featured in Vogue Italia.