American plus-size model Tess Holliday, 34, has hit back at trolls who have shamed her for her body shape and size.
The Instagram star shared a video on Thursday of herself enjoying a cup of frosé – frozen rosé, FYI – on a Malibu beach.
In the fun clip, the mum-of-two is rocking a floral swimming costume which shows off her figure and her collection of multi-coloured tattoos.
While there were a lot of positive responses from Tess’ devoted followers, a number of other users expressed their concerns over her ‘health’ in the comments section.
“This is unhealthy. She is slowing dying. Her heart will not be able to keep up very soon,” wrote one.
Tess - who openly embraces the word “fat” in her social media - responded directly to the user with the blunt response, “No one cares”.
Elsewhere in the comments section, fans shared how the body positive activist had inspired them to wear swimmers on the beach – regardless of their size.
“Yesterday I went to a public pool and I was feeling like people were going to just stare and make fun of me when I walk out with just my bathing suit on. And my mantra the whole time was ‘If Tess can do it I can do it’ and I walked out for the first time with out [sic] clothes on and just swam!” one revealed.
“I wore a bathing suit this past wknd [sic] in what seemed like over a decade. Son surprised me with a trip to Kauai. I've been working on my health but I love my curves. I remembered you as I put on that suit, held my head high and strut [sic] my ass to that beach. #zerof*cks TY @tessholliday for all that you do. #effyourbeautystandards,” another added.
Tess - born Ryann Maegen Hoven - signed with Milk Model Management in 2015 and is the largest plus-size model to be signed to a mainstream modelling agency. She wears a UK size 26, according to The Sun.
Back in 2013, she started an empowering Instagram movement called “#effyourbeautystandards” to encourage men and women of all shapes and sizes to share photos and statements of self-love.
The redhaired babe - who posts photos and videos of herself working out at the gym - has covered magazines such as SELF and NYLON and, in October 2018, the UK edition of Cosmopolitan. The latter sparked a high-profile obesity row spearheaded by the likes of Piers Morgan.
“If Tess Holliday goes to a doctor, he doesn’t celebrate her 300lb size, he says to her you’re morbidly obese and you’re going to die if you don’t do something about your weight,” the television host said on Good Morning Britain.
But Tess remains undeterred by the backlash, recently tweeting Piers to let him know her Cosmo cover had been nominated for Cover of the Year at the PPA Awards - an award it later won.
Additional reporting by Francesca Specter.
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