Self magazine, which recently switched from being a print to digital-only publication, has been receiving paraises for featuring a plus-size model on its first-ever digital cover.
Tess Holliday Graces Self Magazine’s First Digital Cover
Known as the magazine for women that tackles health, nutrition, wellness, beauty, and style in ways that are appealing and helpful to their target demographic, Self magazine has always been conscious of the needs of the ladies out there.
Recently, the American magazine made a big switch. After over a million circulation, from January 1979 to February 2017, Self magazine announced that it would now be a digital-only publication. And to mark a new beginning, they partnered with plus-size model Tess Holliday for their first-ever digital cover as a part of their mission to share body positivity.
And as expected, the 33-year-old stuns on the cover that greets readers with the line “Tess Holliday’s Health Is None of Your Business.”
The cover was first shared by the magazine on Instagram with the caption “We’re thrilled to share our first-ever digital cover featuring model, author, and fat-positivity activist Tess Holliday.”
The reveal also came with a letter from editor-in-chief Carolyn Kylstra.
The letter read,
Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size. We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible.
You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward. And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.”
Holliday herself has been so thrilled by Self mag’s decision to have a curvy woman help them open a new chapter in their journey as a women’s magazine. She shared the publication’s Instagram post and added, “I’m over the moon to finally share. This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine. 😭🙏 Thank you, Self, for changing the game with me! 💕”
The Internet has been divided over Self‘s decision to have a plus-size woman on the cover, but majority of the comments have been positive, with many commending the magazine for taking a brave move. One user wrote, “Thank you, @selfmagazine, for showing the world a range of health bodies – and encouraging people to look at the many important factors that make up a well human.” Another said, “Thanks for showing all kinds of beautiful women!”