Tess Holliday is officially our favorite human. The fat-positive activist and model recently put her charm on blast and we’re in love.
“I’ve heard that I look like Drew Barrymore quite a few times, but I always reply with ‘I look like I ate Drew Barrymore.'”
LOLOL! See that’s what’s so amazing about Tess: her perfect combination of confidence, wit, and honesty. It’s probably why she’s become a role model for thousands of girls around the world and why her #EffYourBeautyStandards campaign caught on so quickly. She’s never afraid to get real, which is why she advocates that folks start reclaiming the word “fat.” She recently told Refinery29,
“I am fat, it’s just the reality, and I think if we can de-stigmatize that word it will make people feel less uncomfortable. Hopefully, my book reaches a lot of people that identify with it and start to see it’s just an adjective. They don’t have to be ashamed or hide because, if you call yourself curvy and you are still fat, language really doesn’t matter. Some people may never get that, and it’s okay – for me, it’s how I feel most comfortable referring to myself.”
Tess’ memoir is currently available in the UK and arrives in the US on September 26.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.