Tess Holliday is a gift to this world, let’s just be real about that.
She’s absolutely stunning, for one, but her beauty isn’t only on the outside.
Tess, as a plus-size model, has always been very outspoken on how ridiculous traditional beauty standards are, why body-shaming should never happen, and why we should all just let people live.
Unfortunately, she still has to deal with body-shaming on a regular basis.
Just this week, it turns out, she experienced it while using Uber. We know because she got on Instagram to tell us the whole weird story.
And also to send a pretty pointed message to the company in question.
“Hey @uber,” she began her post. “I don’t pay more to use your ‘black car’ service to be told that there’s no way I could possibly be healthy because I’m fat & then questioning it.”
“No one should have to tolerate this at any level of the services you offer.”
“I’m fat,” she wrote. “I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services. Ever.”
“Also after I told him I was healthy he turned the radio off & changed the subject.”
She added a video from the incident, which you can see below. In it, the driver, who she points out is overweight himself, asks her about her cholesterol, like it is even a tiny bit of his business.
Still, she told him “My cholesterol’s fine, I’m perfect. Yep, I am healthy.”
And then, because the world can be a terrible place full of terrible people and so much sadness and shame, Tess was criticized in the comments of the video because she called her driver “fat.”
She edited her caption to explain that “Saying my driver is fat was obviously being used as a descriptor & not to insult him.”
“Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming, it was to be able to show what I deal with daily & why this behavior is unacceptable from anyone.”
It makes sense — she refers to herself as “fat” all the time, and she clearly uses it as an adjective and not an insult.
And still, even after that, the comments were flooded with people slamming her for boycotting Uber because of this one driver, and for “overreacting” to this man’s questions.
It’s all just so, so dumb.
This guy had absolutely no reason to ask Tess about her cholesterol or about her health, because it’s not his business. She paid him to drive her, her health is not his concern.
See some of the questioning Tess experienced in the video below: