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By Sarah Oyedo

Body positivity activist and plus-size model Tess Holliday has been revealed as Cosmopolitan UK’s cover star for their October issue.

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The cover, shot in full length, shows Tess Holiday sheathed in a green vintage-style swimsuit.

The excited model shared on her shared on Instagram: “Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that! Thank you @cosmopolitanuk & @farrahstorr for this incredible opportunity. If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life & hope this does that for some of y’all.  Issue hits stands 8/31”

Despite the bright and fun look for the cover shots, Holliday’s accompanying interview discusses serious topics, such as the diversity in the modelling industry, her involvement in the #MeToo movement and Holliday’s own struggles with mental health.

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On her mental health challenges she shares:

“I remember very vividly driving in the car with Bowie [her two-year-old son] and I thought to myself, ‘I wish I could just disappear. I wish I could vanish.’ It felt at that point like I was causing everyone around me so much pain. It felt like a never-ending black hole. I was so tired of hurting… I just didn’t want to be here anymore.”

She also addressed previous criticism on the inside and how she created her viral instagram campaign #effyourbeautystandard.

“I created [the campaign] out of frustration. I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’ And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, ‘F*ck that!’ So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’, and encouraged others to do the same.”

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While the issue has been greeted with lots of laudable comments as people took to twitter to commend CosmopolitanUk, other negative reactions surfaced as others complained the issue encouraged obesity and sets a dangerous precedent.

The magazine will officially hit the stands on August 31st.

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