Size 22 model, Tess Holliday, is sharing her secret to obtaining a bikini body this summer. She says it’s really quite simple — just put a bikini on your body.
People reports, Holliday has joined forces with British fashion brand Simply Be’s #SimplyBekini body-positive campaign to help women of all sizes love their bodies. Tess is featured in a video trying to figure out how she can get a bikini body. She then has an “ah ha moment,” realizing all she has to do is put a bikini on her body. In the end, she sports a black and white bikini while holding up a #SimplyBekini sign.
“I hope #SimplyBekini inspires women to love themselves and their wobbly bits. All women need to do to get a bikini body is to put a bikini on, then they’re ready to hit the beach! There is no such thing as a perfect body and the hardest barrier for women to overcome is themselves. And no wonder, considering the skinny body ideals that are portrayed widely across the media today.”
“To me it’s just a word. But it wasn’t until I discovered the body positive community that I became okay with it. I’ve been called fat my whole life. I am fat, so it’s kind of silly to get mad about it.”
Holliday feels she is met with a double standard. She recently told The Guardian that “life is s**tty,” and people deal with it in different ways. She makes no apologies for indulging in what she wants, when she wants it.
“Everyone has their vices, but mine are visible. If I shot all day and I want a f*****g hot chocolate and a chocolate croissant, I’m going to eat it. Am I going to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner? No. Is it okay to do it? If you want.”
Tess went on to explain, since the results of her “vice” are visible to the outside world, she is judged for it, while others aren’t.
“But, you know, no one is coming at celebrities for smoking two packs of cigarettes. Or people who post a photo with their drink at the end of the day. So why is it OK to do that to me? Life is shitty, so why would you judge somebody for dealing with it in the best way they can?”
Are you a Tess Holliday fan? Do you think she faces a double standard when criticized for her size?
[Image by Simply Be / Facebook]