#EffYourBeautyStandards Is Missing Something

The internet has worked itself into a frenzy over the news that plus-size model and social media sensation, Tess Holliday, became the first model of her size to be signed by a major modeling agency. She is also the creator of the #EffYourBeautyStandards movement, which is intended to encourage women of all sizes to embrace and celebrate their bodies. The reactions to this news, and to Holliday herself, fall broadly into two camps: those who hail her as a role model and inspiration and those who claim she promotes an unhealthy lifestyle by glorifying being overweight. I feel that both sides have legitimate points; however, in true internet fashion, there has been more outright dismissal of opposing points than thoughtful consideration about their possible merits. Continue reading