Tess Holliday is feeling herself!
On Thursday, the 36-year-old model shared several mirror selfies and videos where she showed herself in various poses in an orange-and-pink bikini as well as a purple bikini.
“I can’t believe that I look this good on my knees,” she captioned the post.
Fans took to the comments to share how much they loved the looks and how she has inspired them.
“Me: Orange is your color … (swipe) omg purple is your color,” one person wrote.
“Have some mercy on my poor soul or not! Keep them coming,” a fan said.
“The bathing suit(s). The nails. Can’t get enough. Looking cute AF boo,” someone added.
“You are the definition of confidence and beauty all wrapped into one. I have so much love for you girl, thank you for being exactly who you are. You’ve helped me so much,” another person continued.
This post comes after the mother of two criticized tabloids last month in a scathing Instagram post after she was named “worst beach body” by the National Enquirer. She used the moment to not only share her astonishment that this type of bullying was still occurring in the media, she also let it be a teachable moment on self-love.
“They used a photo from last year, and I included some more recent photos (keep swiping) of me last month looking FOIIIINE as hell in a string bikini so they can have the most updated ‘not hot’ content. Also, I was hot last year too ✌🏻 The media always acts shocked when ‘celebs’ suffer mental health breakdowns but they continue to perpetuate unrealistic body standards & push toxic diet culture on us all…if you are seeing this & you’re fat as hell or just have a body that isn’t chiseled & traditionally ‘hot’ & wanna go to the MF beach or put on a swimsuit: DO IT,” she wrote.
Throughout her career, she has been open about the importance of self-confidence. In an interview with Allure in 2017, she opened up about her favorite tip from her then new book The Not SoSubtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You’re In.
“’You can also do anything you want to. Don’t let your or anyone else’s preconceived notions about what you can do hold you back,'” she quoted. “People also like the ones where I talk about suicide and mental health, and a lot of people have shared one where I talk about how living a good life is the best revenge on people who don’t support you.”