Condé Nast’s SELF Health Magazine Flaunts Plus-Size Tess Holliday On Its Cover
By Mikelle Leow, 28 Jun 2018
Image via SELF Magazine
If recent body beautiful campaigns haven’t said it enough, size isn’t an identifier for a person’s health.
Having just ditched print media, leading health and wellness publication SELF magazine has taken bold baby steps of featuring plus-size model Tess Holliday on its first digital cover.
Holliday, who previously chided a camera app for slimming her photos down without permission, proudly identifies as a “fat woman” and is a renowned activist for self-acceptance.
The image was snapped by photographer Catherine Servel, whose projects explore the varied human form. The magazine’s inspiring move to flaunt a larger woman, rolls and all, on its cover will hopefully help quell society’s ignorance about what a healthy body looks like.
Taking to social media, Holliday wrote, “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!”
The magazine’s editor Carolyn Kylstra, boldly acknowledged that the publication played a part in contributing “to a culture of weight stigma and unrealistic body expectations” in its span of 40 years, and is now working to right its wrongs.
Attitudes can’t change overnight, so it turned to Holliday because of her insights about “thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size.”
Kylstra added, “[S]ize representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy.”
Check out the stunning photo and head over to SELF magazine’s website to read the cover story.
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.” Tap the link in bio to read the rest of the letter. — Photographer: @catherineservel, Wardrobe Styling: @marpeidro, Hair: @christianmarc at @forwardartists using @randco, Makeup: @kristinhilton at @thewallgroup, Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo at @opusbeauty | #TeamSELF
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Hey @SELFmagazine! I used to be a big reader before I realized how terribly I felt about my body when I did. If you're ready for a body love revolution that includes all bodies, I am here for it! https://t.co/akzNPSzRSY— Jen Ponton (@JenPonton) June 26, 2018
The world is burning...— Dee (@Lucky_LaDee) June 26, 2018
BUT @SELFmagazine did an entire issue on how to change the narrative about weight and it’s intersectional and beautiful and they put fine ass @Tess_Holliday on the cover and just HOT DAMN. https://t.co/1vm9JgVoFm
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