In the last few weeks, Vogue, The New York Post, Refinery 29, and several other media outlets have praised the $490 Strawberry Midi Dress by Lirika Matoshi and dubbed it this year’s “it” dress after numerous TikTok influencers got it trending.

Props to Lirika Matoshi for her success, but there’s a little problem. Tess Holliday wore that dress to the Grammys back in January and was subsequently named one of the worst dressed celebs on the red carpet by websites like Wonderwall.

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After the dress recently started trending, seven months after she wore it, Tess took to Twitter and Instagram to call out thin privilege. She said,

“I like how this dress had me on worst dressed lists when I wore it in January to the Grammys, but now [because] a bunch of skinny [people] wore it on TikTok everyone cares. To sum it up: our society hates fat people, especially when we are winning. Thank you @lirika.matoshi & @meaghanpoconnor for making me feel like a princess 7 months ago.”

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It wasn’t long before people started applauding Tess. Because she’s right, no one paid much attention to the dress until the thinner social media influencers claimed it as their own.

Unfortunately, because we can’t have nice things, it also wasn’t long before people started attacking Tess, calling her names, telling her she’s wrong, and reminding her that she also made a few best-dressed lists after the Grammys.

Since she’s human, she wasn’t going to let their words be the end of the story. So, she took to Twitter again.

“I’m aware some people said I looked nice in my Grammys dress & I never said I didn’t make best-dressed lists as well as WORST dressed, but y’all are purposely ignoring the important part of my post: SOCIETY TREATS FAT PEOPLE LIKE WE ARE INVISIBLE.”

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As expected, the replies came rolling in with a mixture of love and hate for Tess. But, at that point, she seemed satisfied with what she said because she got her point across. Instead of responding to the internet trolls, she finished the story herself, tweeting,

“Thanks for the love y’all & to everyone who was rude as hell, thanks”

What more can be said? She’s right. It’s ridiculous that it took thin people to make that dress famous. Especially because she looked absolutely flawless in it back in January.


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