After opening up about her body image struggles throughout her pregnancy, mom and plus-size model Tess Holliday is getting candid about another aspect of motherhood: breastfeeding.
Following in the footsteps of models like Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr, Holliday posted an Instagram photo of herself breastfeeding her 1-month-old son, Bowie, while getting her hair and makeup done for a photo shoot.
“@nickhollidayco captured this photo of me getting ready yesterday to shoot the next instalment [sic] of my #mblmxtess @penningtons collection, and it reminded me of @gisele’s iconic photo breastfeeding on set,” she wrote in the caption, adding, “Working moms come in all shapes, sizes, colors & creeds! #normalizebreastfeeding #workingmom #whorunstheworld”
The post received over 64,000 likes, and the comments range from supportive, grateful and enthusiastic to disparaging and offensive. One commenter criticized Holliday for showing off her “saggy breasts,” while others praised her for being “an inspiration.”
Since giving birth to Bowie on June 6, the model has been very open about her decision to nurse, posting breastfeeding photos on Instagram with the hashtag #normalizebreastfeeding.
Clearly, Holliday won’t let the internet trolls and mean comments get her down.
Cheers to all the mamas feeding their babies in whatever way they deem best for their families.