Plus-size model Tess Holliday is currently pregnant with her second child, but instead of enjoying these last few months before her little bundle of joy arrives, the 30-year-old has been forced to defend her changing body on Instagram.
Alongside a new photo that shows off her 32-week baby bump, Tess writes a powerful message to her haters.
“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,” she shares. “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.
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
With remarks ranging from “you don’t look pregnant” to “you must be having quadruplets,” Tess admits they’re all hard to hear.
“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,” she says, adding, “It’s also okay to tell someone to f–k off when they give you unsolicited advice about what’s ‘best’ for you & your baby.”
Here’s hoping the rest of Tess’ pregnancy is smooth sailing — and hater free!