Tess Holliday Says She Gets Daily Messages Telling Her to ‘Drop Dead’ Because of Her Weight

Julie Mazziotta

Tess Holliday proudly owns her body — she did create #effyourbeautystandards, after all — but privately, the model deals with rude people trying to destroy her self-esteem.

Holliday, 33, said she gets messages on social media every day telling her to “drop dead” because of her size.

“I would be lying if I said they didn’t affect me,” she said in an essay for InStyle. “I go to therapy to try to make sense of it all. I will tell someone to f— off if they deserve it, but I’d rather come from a place of compassion.”

The mom of two said that along with therapy, she mutes people who bring her down, and occasionally deletes her social media apps.

“Then I focus on my ‘self-care folder’ that has games like Cat Cafe, where you feed and pet little virtual cats,” she said. “It’s silly, but it takes me away from the negativity.”