Tess Holliday hits back at 'worst beach body' cover: 'I'm hot AF'

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Tess Holliday has clapped back at a magazine cover which rated her in the “worst beach bodies’” category.

The 36-year-old model took to her Instagram account after appearing on The National Enquirer’s “50 best and worst beach bodies” cover, calling it “trash” and urging them to do better.

Tess Holliday in a red string bikini
Tess Holliday has hit back at a body-shaming magazine cover. Photo: Instagram/Tess Holliday

“LOL I WAS VOTED THE WORST BEACH BODY THIS YEAR & IT MAKES ME MAD BC ITS 2021 AND WE ARE STILL PUBLISHING TRASH LIKE THIS?!!!” she said in the caption. “CORNY LOL BUT ALSO MAKES ME LAUGH BC IM HOT AF LOLLLLL.”

“They used a photo from last year, and I included some more recent photos (keep swiping) of me last month looking FOIIIINE as hell in a string bikini so they can have the most updated “not hot” content,” she continued, including a picture of herself looking stunning in a red string bikini on the post.

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“The media always acts shocked when ‘celebs’ suffer mental health breakdowns but they continue to perpetuate unrealistic body standards & push toxic diet culture on us all,” she explained. “Thank you @alexlight_ldn for bringing this to my attention, & if you are seeing this & you’re fat as hell or just have a body that isn’t chiseled & traditionally ‘hot’ & wanna go to the MF beach or put on a swimsuit: DO IT.”

Fans were quick to comment in support of Tess, with one person saying: "What absolute garbage!!!! Gross!! You a gorgoeussssssss absolute (fire emoji)".

"Ummm what the actual f**k, how is this still even thing" another person asked. 

"I cannot believe shit like this is still getting published. keep slaying," another fan wrote. 

The National Enquirer 50 Best and Worst Beach Bodies
Tess uploaded a snap of The National Enquirer's cover photo. Photo: Instagram/Tess Holliday

Anti-diet culture influencer Alex Light shared the article on her own Instagram, writing in the caption, “I cried when I read this feature. Hot, angry tears. Not for myself, but for the millions of women - and men - who are going to see this and make judgements about their own body accordingly. ‘What would they say about mine?’, is a common thought after reading this, I imagine.”

Light also commented on Holliday’s Instagram post about that cover, “I adore you - sorry they printed this absolute S***.”

In recent years, celebrities have railed against the media criticizing their bodies.

Tess Holliday on Instagram talking about The National Enquirer
Tess hit back at the story on her Instagram account. Photo: Instagram/Tess Holliday

Jessica Simpson — who, in 2009, was relentlessly mocked for her weight in the media after a photo of her in “mom jeans” went viral — wrote in a personal essay for Amazon Original Stories in April, “I still don't understand why those pictures of me merited exhaustive discussion on CNN and headlines like 'Obama Weighs in on Jessica Simpson's Full Figure.' I was 120 pounds and size 4, something I only wrote in my journal and refused to reveal publicly because I knew exactly how that would be used against women whose numbers were higher."

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart also shut down body shaming in 2018 after rumours began circulating online that she might be pregnant following photos of her out with her boyfriend, Cole Sprouse.

"It's unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I'm pregnant," she said.

"Nope. Not pregnant. My body is something that I will NEVER apologise for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that's fine. So let's not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger's figure."

With extra reporting by Kaitlin Reilly

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