This is the Cosmopolitan UK cover that has some people up in arms over the magazine's decision to feature plus-size model Tess Holliday as its cover-girl. However, others say it's refreshing to see 'real' bodies represented in the media. We have been conditioned to think that fat is bad and being skinny is either okay or it's a disease we should be sensitive about. We need to understand that fat people loving themselves don't promote obesity and that they deserve to exist without any hatred. It's very cruel when the next person looks at you and judges you from a physical attribute perspective, because there is more to me than my fat body. The magazine hopes the image will inspire readers to be confident about their body.
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'Fat Girl' Exhibit Aims Lens at Body Image - Arlington Magazine
Until you've been unable to buy the clothes you want , or watched a guy in a bar nudge his mate and laugh at you as you walk by, or sat in the office as your colleagues discuss how fat they feel, because being you is literally their worst reality, you will never understand. If you break it down to the bare bones, it acknowledges that we exist. A fact that pretty much every single fashion designer, Hollywood film, advertising agency and mainstream media outlet, would like you to forget. Not only does it acknowledge that we exist, but that we exist in a way that isn't for your entertainment.
Plus-size model Tess Holliday’s Cosmopolitan magazine cover stirs controversy
Look, I've never done nude before. I cried 3 times before this shoot. I cried because I still feel scared, paralyzed by insecurity at times, and exhausted by an unfettered vulnerability that I want to present to the world. As I paced the upstairs bathroom of springstudios I chanted to myself "this isn't for you paloma. I did this to show that being fat isn't a burden.
On a rainy Friday morning at a coffee shop in Arlington, the affable and refreshingly blunt multimedia artist with bubble-gum hair, blue glasses and a leopard-print top seems tired of defending her body, as well as her right to be confident in it. At age 7, she received a camera from her mother, a photographer, and rendered many images from her height-challenged perspective with inadvertently cut-off heads. The resultant works are sort of Danny-Wilcox-Frazier -meets- Jenny-Holzer , effective in their ability to elicit both empathy and curiosity.