Model Tess Holliday is pretty close to giving birth — only three weeks out — but she's tired of people telling her she hides her pregnancy well due to her size.
On May 19, Tess took to Instagram to not only show off her nude body, but to also voice her frustrations and dig her heels in against those critical of her look.
"When people say to me 'I can't tell you're pregnant' & my face is like," she wrote with several emojis indicating she laughs off the comments. "I will continue to live unapologetically, to thrive in this body, prove the naysayers wrong & laugh at the ignorance✌️#babyhollidayontheway #37weeks #effyourbeautystandards #plussizepregnancy."
Last month, Tess schooled body shamers who felt the need to comment on her weight.
"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 believes that the public should stop comparing her pregnancy to other celebrities, who have much thinner builds than her.
"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, though, hasn't had to spend the majority of her pregnancy defending herself. There have been good days, too. Over the weekend she and her boyfriend Nick Holliday celebrated their baby shower.
"We had such a magical day celebrating our little sprouts impending arrival," she captioned a photo of her and Nick.