Plus-size women hear commentary on everything from the way we dress to whom we're fit to sleep with — but it crosses the line when people hate on a plus-size pregnant woman's body.
Model and second time mom-to-be Tess Holliday is unfortunately no stranger to any of these criticisms.
After announcing her pregnancy with fiance Nick Holliday, Tess shared a video of herself working out with her newly adjusted exercise routine. The caption read as follows.
"Side leg swing dynamic stretching is a new part of my pregnancy workouts ... Thanks to @mackfit for customizing my workouts for my growing tummy"
You get the picture.
Following that, it seemed that not matter what photo Tess posted, if it mentioned her "growing belly," the comments were riddled with grade school insults, long essays on how she is "putting her child at risk," and tons of other judgmental and stupid bullshit.
But Tess, being the queen she is, shut everyone down with a selfie of her 8 month pregnancy body and this killer statement:
"Having another baby has been a beautiful process and at times, frustrating. As I enter my eighth month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly, and I'm OK with that.
What I've had to be learn to be OK with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it's OK to comment on my body — 'You don't look pregnant,' 'You must be have [sic] quadruplets,' 'You are putting your baby at risk' — and a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality. When 'celebrities' are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned, and 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, and it's not for most women.
I'm not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby and share it with the world, and I certainly won't be the last. However, I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's OK to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all. [It's OK] to be plus-size and have a healthy child, and most importantly, to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size.
It's also OK to tell someone to fuck off when they give you unsolicited advice about what's 'best' for you and your baby. As women, we know what's best and that's our business [and] no one else's."
Yes honey, YES.