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The Empowering Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Opened Up About Struggling With Body Image Issues

The impossible beauty standards set by the media affect girls even at an early age. Tess Holliday is a plus size model who is a UK size 24 and she is the emblem for body positivity. The activist recently shared with her 1.5 million followers on Instagram a touching social media post where she opened up about her own insecurities – stating that she wasn’t always full of confidence.

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The mother-of-two and @EffYourBeautyStandards founder recently told her Instagram fans that she too has struggled with body image issues, reports VT.

“Growing up in Mississippi, pageants were life and all of the ‘pretty’ girls did them, and my god how badly I wanted to feel beautiful and fit in. My mom searched everywhere to find a dress to fit me, & this was the only one in town that fit. The rest of the girls competing were showing much more skin, they were all dolled up and I remember the pit in my stomach of feeling so unloveable & unworthy because to me, I didn’t look like them.” she wrote.

“When it was my turn on stage, they asked what my hobby was & I said ‘collecting tweety bird’ & the audience laughed. I held my tears back as I walked off stage. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t win that night, but man, did I end up winning in life…” the model added.

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She continued, “I wish someone could have shown that sad, lonely 13 yr old kid the photo on the right of her future. ”

“Shooting a fashion campaign in Paris, wearing a gown that not only fits me, but allows me to no longer hide. As I write this, I’m packing my bags for #NYFW, and I have moments where I still feel like that little girl, sad, & overwhelmed by how hard the world can be to those of us who have never quite fit in.”

Holliday ended the post saying “If you are reading this, please know you aren’t alone. Please know it gets better, and the #glowup is real. Life is weird, but things always have a way of working out.”

Source: vt