Piers Morgan Calls Out ‘Morbidly Obese’ Tess Holliday – Was That Calloused Or Caring?

Written by K. Walker on September 21, 2018

Piers Morgan is in an online feud with the plus-sized model, Tess Holliday. Here’s the 411.

Tess Holliday is a plus-sized ‘supermodel’ and ‘body positivity’ activist which is a movement that embraces positive body image at any size. She started an online campaign, #effyourbeautystandards. The body positivity movement maintains that there is no ‘healthy size’ and that we should be accepting of all people regardless of whether they are underweight or overweight.

This movement grew out of the backlash to what many claim are the unrealistic beauty standards pushed in Hollywood, the media, and our culture.

In theory, when considering how many women agonize over their size, it’s not exactly a bad thing. There are lots of women that are hovering near both ends of that healthy line. Unfortunately, the zealots have pushed it waaaaay over the top to include those that are morbidly obese, and severely underweight. That’s what the opponents of body positivity criticize.

One of those opponents is Piers Morgan. He says that didn’t even know who Holliday was until a few weeks ago and she became the cover model for Cosmopolitan. You know, that women’s magazine at the check out line that peddles svelte, airbrushed celebrities, the hot new looks for fall, as well as some sort of article on how to have the best sex of your life.

Here’s the problem, Holliday’s photo was likely airbrushed, but not to smooth out her curves.

She is obviously quite pretty and has a team of incredibly skilled makeup artists.

Here’s a selfie she posted on Instagram:

Look at that… Not. One. Blemish. I guess she ascribes to some external beauty standards after all.

What you can’t tell from that photo is that she is 5’3″ and weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 lbs. That puts her in the ‘morbidly obese’ category.

At first, Morgan took to Instagram to express his concern for the promotion of ‘healthy at any size’ at a time when the Western world faces an obesity crisis. He published the Cosmo cover and captioned it, ‘As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo. Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models.

Piers Morgan started tweeting about it on Wednesday, and the pair exchanged several tweets.

He then penned an open letter to Holliday that was published in The Daily Mail.

Dear Tess,

We don’t know each other.

In fact, until several weeks ago, I had never heard of you.

Then you appeared as the cover star of Cosmopolitan magazine, wearing a green swimsuit and blowing a kiss under the headline: ‘A SUPERMODEL ROARS! TESS HOLLIDAY WANTS THE HATERS TO KISS HER ASS.’

It was a very striking, newsworthy cover because you are 5ft 3in and weigh over 300lbs.

As such, you are someone suffering from morbid obesity.

He then said that he was just stating fact and was not being a ‘fat-shaming douchebag‘ as critics will claim.

The medical establishment gives that definition to anyone who is more than 100lbs overweight or has a BMI (Body Mass Index – the ratio of an individual’s height to his or her weight) of 40 or more.

That’s YOU.

Morbid obesity, as its name suggests, is a very serious health condition.

Those who are diagnosed with it are at greater risk for illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease and cancer.

In other words, it can kill you.

Morgan then criticized Cosmopolitan citing their article celebrating Holliday as a ‘role model for women who have been excluded this way‘ and that she is ‘everything the fashion industry needs right now’ because she doesn’t ‘conform to the narrow standard of beauty that’s been set by society.’  He also is clear that it’s not just overweight women that he takes issue with, ‘[a]s with size zero models, your body image is one that people – not least yourself – should be deterred from celebrating because it’s unhealthy.

He also says that the people giving her all of the attention are enablers that are exploiting her for profit.

Right now, I think you’re trapped in a hellish spiral of self-delusion in which your soaring fame and fortune is entirely dependent on you remaining morbidly obese.

You’re only getting the cover of Cosmo and endless TV appearances because you’re massively, dangerously overweight yet feigning joy.

In your heart, you must know this?

The editors and producers paying you large sums of money to glamourize your morbid obesity are cynically exploiting you.

He then says that he isn’t a perfect body and weighs a little more than he would like to.

Unlike you, when I see a fat-looking photo of myself, I don’t cheer, I cringe.

Losing weight isn’t easy.

But the first step is brutal honesty.

In Britain, a well-known politician named Tom Watson has just revealed how he lost more than 100lbs in the past year by cutting out a lot of stuff he loves – sugar, bread, cheese, beer etc – and working out.

He then encourages Holliday to be honest with herself, stop listening to the enablers, and listen to people like Tom Watson. He says he’s concerned that she won’t be there for her young children.

More importantly, stop lying to yourself, Tess.

You have two young sons; one of 13, the other just two years old.

They need you to stay alive and be their mum.

Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s the truth and it’s time you faced up to it.

He then addressed their online spat, referencing his concern for the photo she posted on Instagram that was used in the Sun article. He says that he’s concerned that her friends aren’t being honest with her, so he’s taking the time to do it himself.

We can keep having a pop at each other on Twitter, and fuel the supposed ‘feud’ between us.

But ultimately, I’m not criticising you for a bit of social media fun or to score a few cheap points at your expense.

I’m doing it because I genuinely feel you are promoting a very dangerous message, and because I am genuinely concerned that your own life will be in danger if you continue down this path.

If your own friends are telling you that you look ‘damn good’ in a photo that is so obviously deeply unflattering, then as I said, you need better friends.

A real friend would be telling you what I am telling you.

There’s certainly something to that.

The bottom line is that there’s nothing remotely powerful or inspiring about a 5ft 3in person breaking the scales at 300lbs.

It’s just a guaranteed pathway to sickness, misery and possible death.

So I urge you to stop pretending your body is radiating some great ‘positive image’ to the world.

It’s not.

Wake up, shape up and be the brilliant role model you COULD be if you just stopped listening to those fools who want to celebrate your morbid obesity.

You can do it, and I will be the first to salute, and celebrate you if you do.

Kind regards


What was Holliday’s response to the article?

She’s just a bowl of peaches, isn’t she?

Piers Morgan has been consistent with this message from Day 1.

Watch Piers confront the Cosmo Editor for featuring Holliday on the cover:

Of course, it’s Piers that’s getting the brunt of the online hate for being insensitive and judgy.

Sometimes ya gotta be cruel to be kind.

Tess Holliday has been pretty clear her views from the get-go, too. Recently, she posted a video of herself eating a cake with her Cosmopolitan magazine cover on it. Her caption reads, ‘People who think I’m glorifying obesity are glorifying stupidity. I am pretty glorious though.

So, if you think that being morbidly obese is unhealthy, then you’re stupid, says the morbidly obese ‘supermodel.’


When did feelings trump well-documented medical science? That’s where we are now. Thanks, leftists.

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