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Plus Size Model Tess Holliday Fights Back With A Nude Pregnancy Pic

Model Tess Holliday continues to create a conversation about body image. She sparked nationwide support after appearing on the cover of People magazine last year, but how much has actually changed since then? Are we any closer to accepting and creating a more positive body image for women?


“There’s more conversation around body positivity and accepting people for who they are, so I think things are changing,” Holliday says. “I had quite a few celebs reach out to me: Ricki Lake, Amber Riley, Mia Tyler. It was really nice to see the unity in people saying they appreciate seeing something like that.”

Although change is on it’s way, it’s still very slow in filtering through our mainstream media. Critics came out again in full force after Holliday posted a pregnancy photo of herself in which she is nearly nude holding a white sheet  across her chest.

“I really don’t care if people think I’m unhealthy,” Holliday says. “I feel like it’s so clear. Our bodies are our business, and it’s OK to be who you want to be, and I think most people get that.”

Holliday says the nude photo was her way of “fighting back.”

“The more they don’t want to see things like that or are criticizing my body, the more I want to do it,” she says. “Since you are complaining about my covered-up photo, I am going to give you a nude photo to make you even angrier.”

Holliday is seven months pregnant in these photos, which were part of a photo shoot for The Telegraph. Holliday went on to say that although she is big, she is healthy and her doctor is happy with her progress so far in the pregnancy. Her baby is due in a few weeks.

“I literally saw my OB/GYN yesterday and everything’s fine,” Holliday says. “He’s happy. Everything’s fine and I’m fine.”

This will be Holliday’s second child, but her first baby with her Australian fiance Nick Holliday.  The 30 year old model, already has a son, 10-year-old Rylee, with an ex-partner, whom she gave birth to when she was just 20.

Tess with partner Nick Holliday

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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