Bikini-Clad Plus-Sized Model Proudly Declares Herself A MILF Right After Giving Birth

Tess Holliday, LA-based plus sized model, mother of two, and self-proclaimed feminist, posted an Independence Day picture of herself in a bikini. In it, one hand is flashing the peace sign while the other is holding an inflatable donut. Her caption reads #MILF, #4thofjuly, #effyourbeautystandards.


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✌🏼 #MILF ✌🏼️ #4thofjuly #effyourbeautystandards

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We’re all for promoting the “fuck your beauty standards” incentive, especially within an industry that determines female value based on weight alone, but Holliday’s sentiment rings especially true in the wake of Fergie’s latest music video.

M.I.L.F.$’ tries. I really do think it does. It enlists gorgeous, famous young moms like Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, and Ciara to spread a message: moms are hot too.

Once these celebrities start pouring milk all over themselves though, one begins to realize that the video misses it’s intended mark, if empowerment was indeed the end game here. The point is lost because we don’t need to see inarguably hot famous people to understand that moms are hot. If anything, they reinforce an unattainable beauty standard rather than expanding society’s definition of it.

The point here being: using milk as a tool of seduction seems really weird, as does featuring super fit, conventionally beautiful chicks that happen to be moms to make the point that moms can be hot too.

#4thofjuly 💅🏻💕

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Even though Tess Holliday’s Instagram picture is just an Instagram picture, at least she’s offering something novel instead of telling us something we already knew. At least she’s reclaiming the term MILF for herself, by herself, about herself—a stark contrast to Fergie’s world, in which only cover girls qualify.

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