Sammy Nickalls
Updated May 20, 2016 @ 4:54 am
Tess Holliday / Instagram

Plus-size model Tess Holliday has always been an incredible body-positive inspiration for us, but now that she’s having a baby (!!!), she’s tackling a new stigma — being plus-size while you’re pregnant.

Yesterday the model posted a selfie on Instagram of her pregnant belly from the side. “When people say to me ‘I can’t tell you’re pregnant’. . . I will continue to live unapologetically, to thrive in this body, prove the naysayers wrong & laugh at the ignorance,” she wrote in the caption, hashtagging the post “#babyhollidayontheway #37weeks #effyourbeautystandards #plussizepregnancy”.

It’s possible Tess’s latest pic is meant as a response to nasty comments on her nude pregnancy shot for The Telegraph that she posted earlier this week, which also included a quote from her interview. “What I want to say to you is that when people told me I couldn’t model, I would always think, I’ve literally had some of the shittiest things happen to me and survived them, so me being a model is not the most ridiculous thing that I have had happen to me,” she wrote. “I’ve never taken no for an answer.”

And that’s exactly why Tess won’t take any of the hate from naysayers who are telling her that her weight hides her pregnancy. Comments like these are an attempt to hurt plus-size women and minimize everything they do.

“I’m not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won’t be the last,” Tess wrote on Instagram back in April. “. . . I’m part of a small minority that’s telling you it’s okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn’t shame you about your size.”

As always, Tess Holliday is responding to negativity about her body by flaunting those curves, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Congrats, Tess, on your baby-on-the-way — your baby is oh so lucky to have such a body-positive role model as a mom. <3