Tess Holliday has endured her fair share of body shamers. When hidden behind a screen, trolls often feel free to unleash their nastiest, most judgmental thoughts, especially when someone is as confident and unapologetic as Holliday. The 34-year-old model and activist recently opened up about how she tunes out the negativity online, and shared her advice on how others can do the same.
“Calling me fat is nothing to me,” she told PopSugar. “I know I’m fat.” While Holliday has learned to ignore the hate, she realizes that for most people, it’s difficult to separate social media from reality, which can result in depression, anxiety, and other negative thoughts.
“For everyone else — do your best to remember that social media is not real life,” she said. “These people don’t know you. They’re not paying your bills, and the best thing you can do is just to block it out and be kind to yourself, and I fully think that taking social media breaks is totally healthy and we should do it often.
Holliday also shared some of her advice in a recent Instagram post. “Being authentic is always better than trying to be someone you’re not,” she wrote. The model encouraged her followers to ask for help if they’re struggling with mental health or self-love. “It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to receive help,” she added.
Tess Holliday notably created the viral hashtag #effyourbeautystandards in an effort to change the narrative on social media and encourage others embrace their true selves. She’s taken her activism offline as well. Earlier this month, she collaborated with beauty brand Isle of Paradise on their latest campaign, “Get Body Posi,” which aims to change the beauty industry standards by using models of all shapes, sizes, and identities.
“Regardless of what you like, you have a choice of how you present your body in this world, and you are deserving of feeling good in the skin you’re in,” Holliday said of the campaign.