The Piers Morgan, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and plus size model Tess Holiiday saga

 

A 53-year old British producer and actor, Piers Morgan is not happy at all that Cosmopolitan Magazine used a plus size model (very fat girl) on the cover of their magazine as their cover girl. Cosmopolitan Magazine is the largest-selling young women’s Magazine in the world that focuses on the young career woman and candid discussion of contemporary male/female relationships.

Tess Holiiday is a plus size model, 33 years old. She makes the cover girl of the Cosmopolitan Magazine, rocking an emerald green, one-piece bathing suit, blowing a kiss. She is not one that is ashamed of her body size, however, she always opens up about how much she is struggling to put that in check.

 

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Now, the whole idea of featuring Tess was to create awareness about how she suffers depression over her weight and encourage other people of her size to be strong as they fight it. She also opened up about how she was sexually abused when she was a child, yet she has a good life; thus giving hope to people in similar situation.

However, Piers Morgan is not having any of that. The fact that the very fat model appears on the UK version of the Cosmo Magazine which will be coming out in October, 2018 is not going down well with the producer at all. He writes:

“As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo. Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models.”

His comment is met with mixed reactions. Some are in support of what Pier is saying, while others think that Pier Morgan is wrong for body shaming Tess Holiiday. Some also think that using Tess as the cover picture will encourage people who are trying to stay healthy to just forget the whole idea and continue being fat cause it looks good on Tess. Still others think that this will help plus size people to overcome depression due to their weight.

In the midst of all this, Tess Holiiday, responded:

“To everyone saying I’m a burden to the British health care system, I’m American, so you don’t have to worry about my fat ass. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life.”

Apart from being a model, Tess Holiiday is also an early advocate of the “body positivity” movement and founder of the popular hashtag #effyourbeautystandards. This is what she said as the reason why she created this campaign:

“I created the campaign out of frustration. I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying. ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’ And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, ‘F*uck that!’ So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’ and encouraged others to do the same.”

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