And Continues to Garner Fat Phobic Comments 

Tess Holliday has been hinting at her relationship status, recently. She’s also been a bit more open about her sexual preferences, which many of her online fans have praised as Holliday has been in the limelight for being a fat model and advocate. Now, adding more visibility for LGBTQ models in mainstream media. 


But, over the weekend, Holliday, a mom, model, and influencer announced that she was officially single and had been for a year.


Holliday didn’t elaborate on whether she was officially divorced from husband Nick Holliday (which many have speculated on and misreported as a divorce), but she did say she felt ready to share the news with the world after adjusting to her new personal and family life on her own. 


In her most recent Instagram post, Holliday said she knew the news would garner a surprising reaction from her fans and followers.


“I obviously know that I’m a public figure, & y’all see what I choose to share, which isn’t always indicative of real life. So I understand that to some of you, it was a shock,” she wrote 


“I’m always honest & transparent with y’all, but at the end of the day, I’m a human being, & deserving of respect,” she said. 


“Even though I got overwhelming support that day, there were still a lot of people that said pretty hurtful, judgemental, & unfair things, and I’m not going to lie, some of them really got to me. So I snapped these photos that evening, for just myself, because I wasn’t feeling my best, but now I want to share them.”


Holliday also discussed that she is a “fat, queer, single working mom” and is taking time to find herself and figure out who she is and what she wants now that she’s single after seven years. 


This was one of the first times Holliday has outright discussed her status as a queer person. 


It’s interesting to see Holliday, one of the most recognizable name and faces in the plus size model and influencer space, fending off negative and fat-phobic comments amidst discussing her relationship status and her identity in the LGBTQ community. It’s also disheartening and discouraging. 


Holliday closed the social media statements with a substantially impactful statement: 


“I stand by what I said, women shouldn’t be responsible for rehabilitating men.”


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