Plus-size model Tess Holliday is 32-weeks-pregnant with a child—just the one—according to Hello Giggles. Because strangers like making comments about pregnant women's bodies, Holliday has received her fair share of questionable remarks. Given that Holliday is a notable model breaking the industry mold and advocating for body positivity, Holliday had something to say about the public reception of her pregnant body.
That caption reads:
Having another baby has been a beautiful process & at times, frustrating. As I enter my 8th month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly & I'm okay with that. What I've had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it's okay to comment on my body: "you don't look pregnant", "you must be have quadruplets", "you are putting your baby at risk" & a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality. When "celebrities" are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned & are eager to talk about how they are going to get the baby weight off. While I've done my best to look as put together as possible, that's not real life, & it's not for most women. I'm not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won't be the last. However I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size. It's also okay to tell someone to fuck off when they give you unsolicited advice about what's "best" for you & your baby. As women, we know what's best & that's our business.. No one else's.
Her Instagram photo has accrued hundreds more comments than her average post receives, making this picture certifiably viral. As is to be expected, not all these comments are glowing with approval over Holliday's "non-perfect" baby bump.
Fortunately, a fair number of commenters are loving Holliday and her baby bump.
Also, sidestepping controversy for a moment: doesn't Holliday's bun look nice?
It's a very nice bun. And her eyebrows are an A+.