Cosmopolitan UK’s October issue with Tess Holliday on its front page seems to be causing quite a stir.
While the cover of the plus-size model has received positive responses from some internet users, including praises for the publication in promoting body positivity and the acceptance of curvy physiques, others claim that the magazine is glorifying obesity and promoting ill-health choices for starring the UK size 24 model.
Leading the criticism is media commentator Piers Morgan, who called Cosmopolitan’s cover “dangerous and misguided” in the wake of the nation’s obesity crisis.
However, Cosmopolitan editor Farrah Storr has chimed in to defend her decision in featuring Holliday. Speaking on Morgan’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain, Storr told the panel, “This is one cover, which has a larger lady on the cover, in a sea, in a world, in a culture which has venerated – since I can remember – thinness.”
“Are people going to look at that and go, ‘Do you know what? I’m going to go and mainline doughnuts, this is what I want for my life.’ Of course not. It’s patronizing to say. I’m celebrating her. I am not celebrating morbid obesity. The reason [Holliday] is on my cover is to show there is a different way to look,” she added.
Morgan’s co-host Susanna Reid agreed with Storr, “We do not all look like [Cosmopolitan’s] cover and try and be 300 pounds.”
Morgan also questioned Storr as to whether Holliday presented a healthy image to the magazine’s readers, to which she replied, “I am a journalist. I put the information out there. I’m not here to pass judgement on anyone. For her, from what I have seen, yes. Could somebody else at 300 pounds be unhealthy? Absolutely.”
Holliday weighed in on Morgan’s criticism as well, describing these critics as having a “small-minded life” for whining about her feature on the front “cover of a glossy magazine.”
Some people’s stories and strength of spirit are too important to ignore. Tess Holiday’s story is about so much more than her body. Please read it, pass it onto women you know and realise that the secret to surviving in a tough world is by being even tougher pic.twitter.com/w0KqouoBnI
— Farrah Storr (@Farrah_Storr) August 30, 2018
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! Photo by the incredible @wattsupphoto #effyourbeautystandards
I knew that being on the cover of @cosmopolitanuk was going to make waves, but I wasn’t prepared for it to explode like it did Thank you for all of the love the past few days… it’s overwhelming in the most beautiful way. I’m doing my best to enjoy this moment & soak it all in- I’m even having a party today to celebrate! (which I never do!) If there’s one thing I’ve noticed the past 3 days, it’s that we still have so long to go, and that people are eager for change & I’m grateful to be part of moving things forward, for everyBODY #cosmogirl #effyourbeautystandardsIndependent, opening image via Tess Holliday] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/401338/Cosmopolitan-Defends-Its-Plus-Size-Model-s-Cover-Against-Glorifying-Obesity/
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