Tess Holliday became a household name in 2015 after becoming the largest plus-sized model of her size and height to be signed to a mainstream modeling agency. Later that year, she went on to land the cover of People and since then, she's landed covers with Cosmopolitan UK and Self.
Over the years, Holliday has received criticism from many sides for her size and overall health. However, despite the hate, Holliday does her best to portray herself as authentically as possible. This means that one day, Holliday is posing with an ice-cream cone while the next she'll be sweating it out in the gym.
Despite being openly body positive, Holliday frequently shares photos and videos of her workout sessions with celebrity trainer Massy Arias. And in a selfie posted to her Instagram, she addresses the stigma surrounding "fat folks working out."
"I just want y’ all to know that my feelings around fitness & “health” have zero to do with weight loss & everything to with improving my mental health & strengthening myself," Holliday explains to her fanbase. "It’s taken me a long time to realize that I want to honor myself in whatever physical form I take. I’m here for myself and I’m here for YOU."
What do you think of Holliday's fitness journey? Are you part of team #effyourbeautystandards? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section.