The newest cover girl for Cosmopolitan UK is none other than model and body-positive activist Tess Holliday.
Holliday’s photo isn’t a tight crop on her face and her body isn’t drowning in an oversized coat, as other magazines have been criticized for in the past.
Rather, Holliday posed in a green swimsuit with all of her curves in the frame.
“Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that!” Holliday tweeted.
Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that! 😭😭
Thank you @CosmopolitanUK for this incredible opportunity 🙏🏻 If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life 💕
Issue hits stands 8/31! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/sBYWY7nEwZ
— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) August 29, 2018
“If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life.”
Holliday was interviewed for the magazine’s October issue about mental health, the #MeToo movement, and diversity in modeling.
And people are so excited to see it.
Trying to figure out how different my life and self-image would be if I had grown up seeing women of all sizes represented like this. pic.twitter.com/rvN13dba74
— Sarah Hannon (@hannonksarah) August 29, 2018
Many women are saying how important it is to see someone who looks like them front a magazine.
I love you Tess, thanks so much for fighting this battle so girls like us can FINALLY stop hating ourselves, while looking FUCKING GORGEOUS doing it!! 😍😍😍
— Jojo (@pplnotprvts) August 29, 2018
Imagine if we got to see larger women represented in media all the time?
For some reason I burst into tears when I saw this. Maybe because I used to pore through women's magazines at a teen for HOURS of misery, imagining how much happier I'd be if I looked like them. I just pray this means my daughters won't waste so many formative minutes. https://t.co/pUoSjQaKFF
— Sasha Brown-Worsham (@sashabrownworsh) August 29, 2018
You can see the effect in Holliday’s Instagram comments, too.
This is the second recent cover for Holliday, who was also the digital cover star of Self magazine’s weight issue in June.
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I’m over the moon to finally share- This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine 😭🙏🏻 Thank you Self for changing the game with me! 💕 RP @selfmagazine We’re thrilled to share our first ever digital cover, featuring model, author, and fat-positivity activist Tess Holliday (@tessholliday). From editor-in-chief @carolynkylstra’s editor’s letter: “Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size. We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible. You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward. And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.” — Photographer: @catherineservel, Wardrobe Styling: @marpeidro, Hair: @christianmarc at @forwardartists using @randco, Makeup: @kristinhilton at @thewallgroup, Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo at @opusbeauty | #TeamSELF #effyourbeautystandards