Plus size supermodel Tess Holliday has responded to Katie Hopkins’ attempt to troll her over her weight with the most brilliant riposte ever.
In an attack on “proud fatties” in her Sun column, Hopkins referred to Holliday’s 18st weight and opined that she: “Wouldn’t be in the market for long.
"When that stuff heads south, her fou-fou will think there’s been a total eclipse of her parts.”
Hopkins also directed bile at “chubsters” Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, Rebel Wilson and TOWIE star Gemma Collins.
Now Holliday, who is the brains behind the #effyourbeautystandards hashtag which encourages women to celebrate their bodies and sticks two fingers up at standard beauty ideals, has responded.
On Friday she exclusively told Huffington Post UK: “I don't even know who she is.. .So why do I care what she says about me or my body? She needs a therapist and a big fat hug from the sounds of it.”
Holliday then followed up by tweeting: “I don’t know who the fuck Katie Hopkins is.. So why do I care what she says about my body? #shitgirlplease.”
Mississippi-born Tess, who experienced relentless bullying as a child and eventually left school at 17, is still on the receiving end of bile because of how she looks, despite her vast success.
I don't know who the fuck Katie Hopkins is.. So why do I care what she says about my body? #shitgirlplease— Tess Holliday! (@Tess_Holliday) May 29, 2015
The mother-of-one who works out with a trainer four times a week, walks, swims and hikes, says she receives “sometimes hundreds” of negative comments on a daily basis.
In an earlier interview with HuffPost UK, she explained: “I understand not everyone understands what I’m about. But to me it’s such a simple concept. It’s all about loving your body regardless of your size and chasing your dreams.
“Everybody deserves to be happy but for some reason the fact that I happen to be plus size and happy seems to bother people. It’s odd really.”
To those women who experience negative body image issues, Tess’s message is firm: “Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who support you. It’s crucial to your happiness and well-being. Never compare yourself to others and celebrate what makes you, YOU.”