Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Stirs Up Controversy with Cosmopolitan UK Cover
Magazines are usually the ones to cover stories, but Cosmopolitan UK has been making its own headlines with its latest edition.
The magazine made a huge move in the way of body positivity when it released the cover for the October issue. The covergirl is none other than Tess Holliday, a world-famous plus-size model.
Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that! 😭😭
Thank you @CosmopolitanUK for this incredible opportunity 🙏🏻 If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life 💕
Issue hits stands 8/31! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/sBYWY7nEwZ
— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) August 29, 2018
The redhead wears a green swimsuit as she blows a kiss to the camera, symbolizing how she “wants the haters to kiss her a**.” In an industry that rarely ever puts someone above a size 6 on a cover, this was a pretty big deal. The mag received lots of praise for its decision, and a lot of people took it as a win for body positivity and body diversity movements.
How many young women would have been out enjoying life knowing they're beautiful as they are, rather than crying over why they don't look like they "should", if photos like this were more prevalent? https://t.co/yhvnuWwRFG
— Seasonal Thalassophile (@Oddsbodikins7) August 29, 2018
— Paige (@LifewithPugs) August 29, 2018
I think this is the actual first time I've seen the full body of a fat woman on a magazine cover AND IT IS GOOD https://t.co/dyGyuh7aAS
— Lauren Strapagiel 🦇 (@laurenstrapa) August 29, 2018
YouTuber Christine Sydelko, who’s been outspoken about weight and body positivity, also gave a shoutout to the mag.
this is exactly what the fashion industry should be doing to combat anorexia. Seeing more people with other body types like this makes girls realize they don’t have to be a specific weight to be considered beautiful or be on a magazine cover how is that even remotely terrifying? https://t.co/FJydpYgRe7
— Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) August 30, 2018
But of course, there are always haters. A lot of people didn’t have such positive reactions, and many accused Cosmo of “glorifying obesity” and “promoting unhealthy habits.”
Piers Morgan, a British TV commentator, even posted the cover on his own Instagram account and called it “dangerous and misguided.”
However, the model didn’t let the cruel words get to her. She clapped back at the haters in her typical hilarious, no f*cks fashion.
To everyone saying I’m a burden to the British health care system, I’m american so you don’t have to worry about my fat ass. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life.
— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) August 30, 2018
Take that, Piers!