Uh Oh! Tess Holliday took to her Instagram Story on Sunday, September 15, to walk fans through her experience getting stuck on an elevator. Luckily, though, she made it out OK.
“Literally stuck in a lift, but at least it’s with people I love, right?” the 34-year-old wrote on the first video with her three friends. “Also, we’ve been here for 30 minutes.”
Roughly an hour later, she shared another video and by then, there was a change in scenery. “I’m just letting you guys know that we are out of the lift. We are having dinner,” she added. “We were in there for 45 minutes. [I] don’t recommend being stuck in a lift. It’s actually a little bit scarier and more traumatizing than I thought.” She concluded the video, “For everyone who is messaging us, we are OK.” We’re so glad!
When the curvy model isn’t updating fans on her day to day life, she uses social media to speak about body positivity related issues. After the elevator fiasco, Tess posted another series of videos onto her Story in which she expressed her frustration over not being invited to any shows at Fashion week in London. “It just makes me sad … it took me a long time just to get invited to New York to be able to attend the shows and to be able to sit front row,” she said.
“It’s frustrating because some of my favorite designers are here that will remain nameless because I’m not doing this to call people out,” Tess added. “I just wish that it was more inclusive over here … It would be nice to be attending these shows, but this is the life of a short, fat, tattooed model,” she said.
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I snapped this yesterday after my workout because I felt cute! I never share these photos to prove anything, but it’s a conscious choice to share the ways I move my body because it de-stigmatizes the notion that plus size folks aren’t healthy/active. For me, I work out because it helps me in many ways, but what about those that can’t? Non able bodied folks or those that have illnesses that prevent them from doing so? Does that mean that they aren’t allowed to love their bodies? Are we only granting self love these days to those that are perceived as “healthy”? I’m told often that it’s my obligation as a public figure to educate folks that physical health is more important than self love. But really, my only obligation to y’all is to live a life as authentic and transparent as possible. I will continue to show that loving your body in whatever state, is vital. You can work out all you want, but if you hate yourself, no amount of weight loss will fix that. If you build a house on sand, it’s gonna wash away right? I say that as someone who in the past, has treated my body horribly. I said unkind things to it, and I allowed people who were closest to me to treat me as less than because of my size. I have tried to shrink myself metaphorically, to be invisible, to not stand out or take up space because I was so ashamed of my body. Why? Because I didn’t know it was okay to love myself, AS IS. This kind of self love doesn’t happen overnight, and trust me, I NEVER thought I would have my “gym bros” (I lovingly call them this) @chrisfdsilva @getfitbyrob @willy_beamen by my side, keeping me accountable in ways I’ve asked them to. I never thought I would love going to the gym, but when I get to see my bros, it it makes my day. I’m also grateful to be working out with Chris while @massy.arias is busy running an empire. She has taught me so much, but it’s my job to implement what I’ve learned from her because this fat baby bird has to leave the nest eventually! If you take anything away from this be kind, always be the bigger person (in my case that’s easy!), treat others with compassion & realize that you deserve to love yourself as is. #effyourbeautystandards
However, Tess never lets what society thinks of her bring her down. On August 27, the redheaded beauty shared a selfie at the gym along with a strong message about self-love. “My only obligation to y’all is to live a life as authentic and transparent as possible,” she captioned the pic. “I will continue to show that loving your body in whatever state, is vital. You can work out all you want, but if you hate yourself, no amount of weight loss will fix that.”
She continued, “If you take anything away from this, be kind, always be the bigger person (in my case that’s easy!), treat others with compassion and realize that you deserve to love yourself as is.” Preach!