Plus-Sized Model Tess Holliday Fights Back Against Body-Shaming Over “Cosmo” Cover

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We’re all used to seeing ultra skinny women on the cover of “Cosmopolitan” magazine, with a little help from photoshop, but when the magazine goes in the opposite direction, look out. That’s what happened when “Cosmopolitan” UK presented plus-sized model Tess Holliday on the cover of their September issue.

Tess, a plus sized model who’s been featured in many fashion magazine, is seen on the cover in a one piece bathing suit, covered with arm Tattoos. Proud of her milestone achievement, the model took to social media to share the cover.

“Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that! 😭😭 Thank you @cosmopolitanuk & @farrahstorr 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 & hope this does that for some of y’all 💕.”

While Tess did receive some compliments and congratulations from fans, a majority of comments came from people body-shaming the model and criticizing the magazine for promoting unhealthy obesity. One such person was was TV tabloid journalist Piers Morgan. Piers posted the cover on Instagram with his thoughts.

“As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo,” he wrote. “Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models.

Tess wasn’t having it. The plus-sized model appeared on “Good Morning America” Friday morning, fighting back against the negativity.

“I didn’t expect it to go global and for everyone to be talking about it,” she told “GMA.” “Unlike Piers Morgan, I don’t need to troll people to stay relevant. I get to have an awesome job and do what I love and hopefully change people’s lives. You have to keep having this conversation because that’s how things are going to change. I’m not recruiting people, I’m literally just telling people to love themselves and it just happens to come from a bigger body.”

While the cover photo is getting all of the attention, inside the magazine, Tess talks about her struggle with mental health and getting that in the right place before being able to work on her weight.

“Now that I’m on the other side and feeling better about my mental health, I’m able to actually say, ‘Ok, I want to work out more or do this.’ You have to take care of your mental state before you can worry about anything else.”

Tess’ issue of Cosmopolitan UK is on stand now.