Model Tess Holliday has revealed she is recovering from anorexia after struggling in “a body that I’ve punished my entire life”.
The 35-year-old, who has been a body positive activist for years, opened up about her diagnosis in a series of heartfelt tweets.
“I’m anorexic and in recovery. I’m not ashamed to say it out loud anymore,” she said.
“I’m the result of a culture that celebrates thinness and equates that to worth, but I get to write my own narrative now.
“I’m finally able to care for a body that I’ve punished my entire life and I am finally free.”
Holliday also called on people to stop commenting on her weight in a post on Instagram about her eating disorder diagnosis.
“To everyone that keeps saying ‘You’re looking healthy lately’ or ‘You are losing weight, keep it up!’” she said.
“Don’t. Comment. On. My. Weight. Or. Perceived. Health. Keep. It. To. Yourself. Thanks.”
Holliday said the change in her weight was down to her “healing from an eating disorder and feeding my body regularly for the first time in my entire life”.
She said comments about her losing weight was “triggering as hell” because it sent the message that people “are more valuable now because we are smaller”.
Despite going into depth about the toll her eating disorder has had on her mental health, Holliday still faced cruel taunts from trolls.
Responding to a tweet that claimed she “can’t possibly love herself”, Holliday wrote: “To everyone saying that I can’t possibly love myself and have an eating disorder, that is the actual definition of loving myself.
“Being able to prioritise myself and to be in recovery. I’m more self aware than any of my critics but you know, y’all go off.”
Holliday has been a body positivity activist for years and spoken out multiple times about the double standards women who are considered ‘plus-sized’ face.
She rose to fame in 2013 for spearheading the #effyourbeautystandards movement on social media and has gone on to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan and People.
Holliday has also faced several high profile attacks over her weight, with Gold Coast fitness influencer Ashy Bines accusing her of being “not a good role model” and British columnist Piers Morgan going so far as to claim she was promoting obesity.
Last year she shared how a strawberry-patterned dress she wore to the Grammys saw her end up on worst dressed lists, only for it to be lauded as the it dress of 2020 on social media months later.
“I like how this dress had me on worst dressed lists when I wore it in January to the Grammys, but now bc a bunch of skinny ppl wore it on TikTok everyone cares,” Holliday said on Instagram at the time.
“To sum it up: our society hates fat people, especially when we are winning.”