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Plus Size Model Tess Holliday covers SELF Magazine’s first Digital Issue

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Plus-sized Model Tess Holliday covers SELF Magazine's first digital cover | BellaNaijaHasn’t 2018 just been great for inclusivity?

Plus size model Tess Holliday is on the first ever digital cover of SELF Magazine.

Sharing the news on her Instagram, Tess wrote:

I’m over the moon to finally share- This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine ??? Thank you Self for changing the game with me! ?

The folks at SELF were just as happy to have her, writing on their Instagram:

We’re thrilled to share our first ever digital cover, featuring model, author, and fat-positivity activist Tess Holliday (@tessholliday). From editor-in-chief @carolynkylstra’s editor’s letter: “Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size. We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible. You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward. And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.” —
Photographer: @catherineservel, Wardrobe Styling: @marpeidro, Hair: @christianmarcat @forwardartists using @randco, Makeup: @kristinhilton at @thewallgroup, Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo at @opusbeauty | #TeamSELF#effyourbeautystandards

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We’re thrilled to share our first ever digital cover, featuring model, author, and fat-positivity activist Tess Holliday (@tessholliday). From editor-in-chief @carolynkylstra’s editor’s letter: “Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size. We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible. You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward. And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.” Tap the link in bio to read the rest of the letter. — Photographer: @catherineservel, Wardrobe Styling: @marpeidro, Hair: @christianmarc at @forwardartists using @randco, Makeup: @kristinhilton at @thewallgroup, Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo at @opusbeauty | #TeamSELF

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7 Comments

  1. Dee

    June 26, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    yeah i like that the magazine decided to use a plus size model but na lot of fat be this oo…..

  2. Engoz

    June 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    For real, how is this relevant to Nigerians?

    • Akpeno

      June 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      This na Naija guys spec na… this na the spec dem dey marry in d abroad… So… it is relevant 😀

    • Engoz

      June 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Lolllllllllllllllllllll!!! You bad!
      BN’s faux wokeness can be irritating. In general, fat have always been appreciated in the African community. It is not looked at with disgust the way it is done in the West. Of course, there will always be exceptions. But, we don’t need White media to teach us ‘body positivity’ or whatever ridiculous nonsense jargon they come up with. It’s not everything that is trending that is relevant to us.

  3. Lilo

    June 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    True – her health is none of my beeswax but how can I I see this grossly nasty looking whale now?

  4. zzzzzzzzzzz

    June 27, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Lady why?

  5. Ralph

    July 1, 2018 at 4:45 am

    I’ll pass on this one. I like them beautiful and wholesome. No tats, piercings or wild looks.. The Cheryl Tiegs look still works for me. Most women today almost strive to look repulsive and undesirable ad have the worst attitudes. Thankfully I am happily married with a great spouse,

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