Plus-Size Model Tess Holiday Strips Down to Make Important Point About Her Post-Baby Body

New mom and model Tess Holiday recently posted a revealing shot of her postpartum body—and the caption she chose to include is so worth a read.

Tess Holiday is known for her body-positive philosophy and is one of the women who brought size diversity to the world of modeling—it's easy to think a woman like Tess would have no problem accepting her body no matter what.

But as it turns out, even the gorgeous model and mother of two struggles to feel at home in her postpartum body. She posted a nearly-nude Instagram shot—and the message she included with the photo is so relatable. "Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum. It's been 6 months, & my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, new stretch marks & I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever," she captioned the post. 

Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum. It's been 6 months, & my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, new stretch marks & I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever. I wasn't anticipating this at all. I'm not used to looking in the mirror & feeling like I don't recognize myself, but sadly that's my reality some days. I debated on whether or not to post this, but I think it's important to be honest about what it's like to be a woman in the media, who recently had a baby & the pressure that's put on new moms to "lose the baby weight". I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby, & guess what, still fat... & THATS OKAY. I have no New Years resolution to lose weight, but only to work on learning my new body & loving & nurturing it. Not a day goes by that Nick doesn't tell me how beautiful I am, but it's not our partners job to lift our spirits, we have to be our own cheerleaders. So that's what I will do, take it day by day. It's a journey, not a race.. & a beautiful one at that. #6monthspostpartum #effyourbeautystandards @effyourbeautystandards

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Tess admitted that she "wasn't anticipating" to feel so at odds with her changed shape, and that's something so many new moms will understand. It's a common sentiment: Women who have always been comfortable in their bodies see some drastic changes after pregnancy and struggle to wrap their heads around them. It's a natural thing, and learning to accept a body that looks and feels different can take some time. We so applaud women like Tess for coming clean about hard this can be.

"I debated on whether or not to post this, but I think it's important to be honest about what it's like to be a woman in the media, who recently had a baby & the pressure that's put on new moms to 'lose the baby weight.' I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby, & guess what, still fat... & THATS OKAY. I have no New Years resolution to lose weight, but only to work on learning my new body & loving & nurturing it," Tess wrote.

Have you been in her shoes? Granted, most of us can't relate to her point about being a new mom in the public eye, but the whole concept of learning to love your body after baby really rings true. If you find yourself feeling similarly, why not take a cue from Tess and focus on loving your new body instead of changing it in the new year?

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