Plus size model, Tess Holliday, 32, posed nude in an untouched photo her husband posted on Instagram. And she is beautiful! And a conveyor of new beauty standards.
I for one am so sick of the “skin and bones” look. But even worse, women starve until they’re a size 2, then go have butt implants for a dinner waist and a huge butt. How many people really find that attractive? What is THAT fad?
But back to Holliday. “Women deserve respect, wheth4er they are completely naked or covered head to toe. Fat bodies are just as beautiful as thin ones.”
Holliday said in an article in 2016, “Just because we are plus size doesn’t mean we have to prove we are healthy, just as smaller women don’t have to prove they’re healthy. We should be able to exist in our bodies. I am technically healthy, but my body is no more valid than someone who isn’t.”
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‘Just because we’re plus size, doesn’t mean we have to prove that we’re healthy, just as someone who is smaller than us or average size doesn’t have to prove they are healthy. We should be able to exist in our bodies. I am technically healthy but my body is no more valid than someone’s who isn’t." Shot by @alexcayleystudio for @telegraph out now 💕 I was 7 months pregnant in these photos & loved every moment 🙌🏻 Grab your copy or check it is online 💪🏼 #effyourbeautystandards
I know this issue first hand. When I was in my twenties, I was a size 4 or 6, at 5″10″ tall. I was told how beautiful I was. I did some modeling. I was proud of my “skinny” body. Even after having given birth to four children, I never wore more than a size 8. But then menopause hit. Stress hit. Lower metabolism, thyroid problems. Many things played into gaining weight. But I’ve never worn more than a size 14, which is considered AVERAGE in society, but is also sometimes in the plus size clothing in stores!
The average size of normal women has always been in the 14 size clothing. AVERAGE.
I decided I needed to lose a little bit of weight so I’d feel better and healthier. I changed my exercise routine and am eating healthy, more nutritious foods, and I’m now a size 12, and I’m just fine with that. I wouldn’t mind dropping a little more but only for health reasons.
I don’t care to know what size anyone wears or whether society considers them thin or overweight. To me, it’s about health and if you’re healthy, but weigh more than “society” believes is beautiful, then it’s society that has a problem, not you.
Take the time to look at historical art. Women in all the most beautiful works of art were what would be considered overweight by today’s standards.They have bellies, they have rolls, they have larger breasts, and these are the women of the past whom men thought was the most beautiful to paint! They hang in galleries all over the world!
So rethink beauty. And reconsider your judgments. Consider the inner beauty of the plus size. Most of them are so obsessed with being skinny, they are not healthy at all.
Thank you, Tess Holiday for showing your beauty to the world!