After recent backlash over whether Tess Holliday’s Cosmopolitan U.K. cover promotes obesity, one plus-size model is asking trolls to mind their own business.
Model Paloma Elsesser is calling out trolls for attacking plus-size women by recommending a “healthier” lifestyle.
The 26-year-old, who is a size 16, appeared on the back of the controversial Cosmo issue — and she wants critics to know that her health and clothing size doesn’t concern them.
“It’s never their business. My health is not their business. Don’t you think I know how to eat clean?” she said to Sunday Times Style. “Like, you should cut out sugar.”
Luckily, Elsesser says her followers typically take care of the cruel comments.
“I don’t get a lot of trolls, and if I do, the army comes for them!”
The plus size model, who works with brands like Fenty Beauty, Tiffany & Co and Nike Women, believes representation in mainstream media is important.
“It’s important for bodies like mine to be a part of a new set of imagery for people to digest,” she said.
“I want brands to see plus bodies in different spaces. You can use your imagery to be a muse and inspire another brand, who can be like: ‘Let’s do it. Let’s figure it out’.”
In 2012, Holliday founded the @effyourbeautystandards campaign to promote beauty in all shapes and sizes. The campaign has more than 398,000 followers and regularly promotes female empowerment, regardless of size — a notion Elsesser also supports.
“Everybody deserves to have access, everybody deserves to be respected, and we all want to feel good,” she said. “It shouldn’t have to be so hard.”