Talk to the hand! Pregnant plus-size model Tess Holliday is schooling body shamers who feel that they should comment on her appearance.
"Having another baby has been a beautiful process & at times, frustrating," she said on Instagram. "As I enter my 8th month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly & I'm okay with that."
"What I've had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it's okay to comment on my body," she continued, claiming people tell her "'you don't look pregnant,' 'you must be have quadruplets,' 'you are putting your baby at risk' & a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality."
Tess' post came with a mirror selfie she shared, showing her burgeoning belly while dressed in her bra and underwear. Her right hand touches her stomach.
"When 'celebrities' are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned & are eager to talk about how they are going to get the baby weight off," she said. "While I've done my best to look as put together as possible, that's not real life, & it's not for most women."
She continued, "I'm not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won't be the last. However I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size."
Tess said that it's perfectly fine to fire back at body critics for their "unsolicited advice" about what's "best for you & your baby."
"As women, we know what's best & that's our business.. No one else's," the 32 weeks along model said.
In January, Tess announced that she was having a second child.
"Yes, it's true! @nickhollidayco & I are having a baby!," she wrote with an emoji of a baby. "We wanted to keep it a secret as long as possible, but we are finally able to share!"
Tess already has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship.
In her social media announcement, Tess shined a light on the struggles that women her size face. She also indicated that she can do similar things that smaller-bodied women can do.
"Plus size women face so much stigma & doubt over what our bodies are capable of," she said. "It's something I feel doesn't get enough media attention, but I hope that the next few months of my pregnancy will help change the conversation."