Tess Holliday is no stranger to trolls or armchair critics. Throughout her current pregnancy, the size 22 model has been subject to countless comments and opinions about her appearance, weight and even health, including the most recent rant by Aussie fitness blogger Ashy Bines.
Now in her eighth month of pregnancy, Holliday has hit back at critics, sharing another bump shot on Instagram.
In the caption, she details how the most challenging part of her pregnancy has been tackling the constant barrage of ‘advice’ she gets.
“As I enter my eighth month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly and I’m okay with that. What I’ve had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it’s okay to comment on my body: ‘You don’t look pregnant’, ‘You must be have quadruplets’, ‘You are putting your baby at risk’ and a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality,” she wrote.
Having another baby has been a beautiful process & at times, frustrating. As I enter my 8th month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly & I’m okay with that. What I’ve had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it’s okay to comment on my body: “you don’t look pregnant”, “you must be have quadruplets”, “you are putting your baby at risk” & a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality ????. When “celebrities” are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned & are eager to talk about how they are going to get the baby weight off. While I’ve done my best to look as put together as possible, that’s not real life, & it’s not for most women. I’m not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won’t be the last. However I’m part of a small minority that’s telling you it’s okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn’t shame you about your size. It’s also okay to tell someone to fuck off when they give you unsolicited advice about what’s “best” for you & your baby. As women, we know what’s best & that’s our business.. No one else’s. ???? #effyourbeautystandards #theresnowrongwaytobeawoman #32weeks #babyhollidayontheway
Her aim, she says, has always been to be authentic during her pregnancy, unlike other celebrities who aim to make it look as glamorous as possible.