AceShowbiz - Tess Holliday was not having it when Piers Morgan mocked her British Cosmopolitan magazine cover on August 30 via his Instagram account. The 33-year-old plus-size model, who weighs 300 pounds, responded to the TV personality's criticism on her Twitter account.
The magazine's cover for its October issue, which was reposted on Piers' account, saw Tess donning an emerald swimsuit as she blew a kiss to the camera. Piers stated his disapproval in the caption, "As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo."
He continued, "Apparently we're supposed to view it as a 'huge step forward for body positivity.' What a load of old baloney." Piers also implied that the cover was "dangerous" as it showed that obesity was a positive thing. "This cover is just as dangerous and misguided as celebrating size zero models," he wrote.
Not too long after that, Tess savagely clapped back at Piers by tweeting, "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 a**." She then suggested, "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."
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
Many fans gave her positive feedbacks, praising her for being proud of her body. "As a Brit, I think it is brilliant that you're on the cover! No one should be shamed for the way they look, instead people should be shamed for the things they say! Keeping rocking it girl," a fan said. "You tell them girl. You are big and proud!!! Rock what you've got! Much love to you beautiful," one added as another fan agreed, "Good for you not everyone can be the same. I'm fed up with people being body shamed. We are what we are."
Although Tess looked confident and stunning on the cover, she revealed to Cosmopolitan that she previously experienced the worst mental health state in her life. "I remember very vividly driving in the car with Bowie [her two-year-old son] and I thought to myself, 'I wish I could just disappear. I wish I could vanish.' It felt at that point like I was causing everyone around me so much pain," the Mississippi native recalled.
"It felt like a never-ending black hole. I was so tired of hurting...I just didn't want to be here any more," Tess said, before explaining the reason why she created #effyourbeautystandards campaign on Instagram. "I created [the campaign] out of frustration. I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, 'You're too fat to wear that!' or 'Cover up! No one wants to see that!' "
"And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, 'F**k that!' " she continued. "So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we 'can't wear,' and encouraged others to do the same."