She’s only weeks away from her due date, but model Tess Holliday is not getting any relief from online critics taking aim at her size.
But it doesn’t matter. She has a message for those social media bullies telling her, "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," the curvaceous mom-to-be wrote in the caption of a nude bathroom selfie she posted to her Facebook page.
The post is a response to the comments Holliday has received after she posted an Instagram photo of herself nearly nude except for the white sheet she holds across her chest.
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"Just because we're plus size, doesn't mean that we have to prove that we're healthy, just as someone who is smaller than us or average size doesn't have to prove they are healthy," she wrote in the picture caption last week.
"We should be able to exist in our bodies. I am technically healthy but my body is no more valid than someone's who isn't."
Holliday, a vocal proponent of body acceptance, said she thinks many people are speaking out against her photos because they're not used to seeing a diversity among pregnant women.
The move comes as many women of all shapes and sizes are speaking out against body-shaming during pregnancy. Hilaria Baldwin, who is expecting her third child with actor Alec Baldwin, recently said that pregnant women "have nothing to be ashamed of." And an Australian blogger was recently criticized as being "unhealthy" for having a small baby bump.
"People would say there was no way I could carry a child and be healthy, or there was no way I could conceive in general because I'm too big," Holliday told TODAY in April. "I have human reproductive parts! I was amazed by the audacity of what people are capable of."