Tess Holliday, the first size-22 model to grace the cover of People, shared a raw and emotional photo of herself on February 26. The Instagram photo shows the mother of two without any makeup and crying from frustration and exhaustion because she’s been up all night with her teething baby, Bowie.
Any mother who has ever endured the pain of sleep deprivation coupled with a sense of helpless desperation will look at this photo and know exactly what Holliday is going through. Motherhood is no joke.
The caption she included with the photo is a must-read. It breaks down how her confidence has taken a hit after the birth of her second child. Now if you know anything about Holliday, then you know that she is #goals when it comes to self-confidence.
She’s the kind of #effyourbeautystandards role model that inspires many women to work on loving themselves now and forever. This woman is the gold standard for self-confidence and body positivity, but one thing she isn't? Perfect.
It’s wonderful that she is sharing this not so beautiful moment of motherhood because it shows other mothers who are going through or have gone through the same struggles that they are not alone, that perfect mothers are a myth.
And this isn’t a “woe is me” kind of post, either. It’s actually about self-acceptance—and doesn’t self-acceptance play a huge role in building self-confidence? We think so.