Model Tess Holliday is the latest cover girl for “The Beauty Issue” of Nylon Magazine, and she is glowing.
The cover, which was shot in Mexico, sees Holliday in neon swimwear standing in front of a beautiful beach. Her inked arms are on full display as she confidently puts her hands on her hips. The fierce cover has racked up over 58,000 likes on Instagram and continues to get praised in the comments section.
“Congrats! So proud and happy for you,” one user wrote.
“OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! This is amazing,” another shared.
“YES TESSSSSSS,” actress Jameela Jamil commented.
In another Instagram post, Tess is posing in the sea, sparking a beautiful smile and showing off her body. She appears to have more tattoos on one of her legs.
“Fat bodies on magazine covers is my forever mood!! I’m so grateful to be on @nylonmag July Cover,” she captioned the image.
“AND all I want for my birthday other than cake, presents, & adoration (JK) is for YOU to know that fat bodies are sexy. We are worthy, we deserve love, & whatever else you can dream… ok?!”
The positive model shared a boomerang of her on set when shooting for the magazine. In the upload, she is wearing a bright orange swimsuit and looks thrilled to be doing a photo shoot for Nylon. For her Instagram caption, she refers to herself as a “chubby angel” and has such love for herself and her body.
“The fact that others look at me and can hate me because of my size will never make sense to me, because all I see is beauty,” she also added, hitting back at anyone who has anything negative to say about a body that isn’t theirs.
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Literal dream come true!!! Thank you @nylonmag ????????I’m gonna go cry now!!???????????????? Editor-In-Chief: @gabriellekorn Photographer: @lindseybyrnes Executive Editor: @kmiversen Fashion + Beauty Editor: @jennaroseigneri Art Direction: @daniokon, @lutkie Social Media Director: @casualpasta Producer: @luvnidleness Videographer: @daniokon @grettasw Line Producer: @charlottecprager Stylist: @meaghanpoconnor Style Assistant: @gessflyy Hair Stylist: @hisvintagetouch Makeup Artist: @shablamgela Nails: @sohotrightnail Brows: @torylynnbrows #effyourbeautystandards
For those not aware of who Tess is, she is an American model, blogger, make-up artist based in Los Angeles, and a mom of two. In 2015, she married her husband, Nick Holliday. Her book, The Not So Subtle Art Of Being A Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You’re In, was released in 2017.
Holliday is no stranger to being on the cover of huge magazines. Last year, her Cosmopolitan U.K. cover was nominated for Cover of the Year.
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My @cosmopolitanuk cover has been nominated for Cover of the Year ???? This is the second time a cover I’ve been on has been nominated for cover of the year, yet the industry still tries to act like that fat bodies don’t deserve a place in fashion / mainstream media. I feel like we’re finally getting recognition tho, I mean @lizzobeeating on V Mag, no words ???????????? We ain’t going no where, so get used to it. Link is in my bio to vote for my cover ???? Love you @farrahstorr & the team at Cosmo UK for not being afraid to take be bold! ✌????#effyourbeautystandards #ppaawards
On Instagram, Tess uses her platform to share positive messages and teaches others how to love themselves if they are struggling. She is seen posing in a range of outfits and oozes confidence throughout her feed and is very unapologetic about it. Her account has over 1.9 million loyal followers.