Tess Holliday is known for being a body-positive activist — but her latest Instagram post tackles a different message: The trials and tribulations of being a mother.
The 31-year-old, who welcomed her second child, Bowie, in June of 2016, shared an emotional selfie with her fans revealing her struggles. The pic, which she posted on Sunday, Feb. 26, features the red-headed beauty closing her eyes while tears stream down her face.
“This is the reality of being a mom. I've been up since 3 a.m., and every time I get Bowie to sleep & try to lay him down, he wakes up. He is teething and has no clue I have to work today, and most days I can work 15 hour days, take care of both boys and put some lipstick on and deal with it,” the mom wrote in her caption. “Most days I drink my coffee & smile at every little thing he does thinking it's the best thing in the world, but not today. I've been crying for nearly two hours, and I'm crying as I write this. I've reached my limit, exceeded it to be honest.”
Though Tess is a famously confident size 22, she shared with her fans the struggles she’s had with accepting herself after this pregnancy.
“My confidence has taken a blow with this birth and it wasn't until this morning I realized why. The pressure of ‘looking good’ for a living is too much today,” she said. “When your face is breaking out from the hormones of breastfeeding + total exhaustion from lack of sleep, bags under your eyes, patchy red skin and to top it off no energy to work out or leave my bed.”
The modelesque mom shared her struggle with being a mother in an industry like modeling — and compared this struggle to fellow working mothers everywhere.
“How do you feel confident in your skin and feel like you aren't letting the client down by showing up exhausted and disheveled? Yes, I chose a career based on my looks and I'm the first one to say that beauty isn't what should drive you, it's certainly not what motivates me. As a working mom in an industry that's as critical as mine, where is the line? The balance? The compassion?” she said. “Is any career understanding when you show up at negative 10 percent because your kids wouldn't let you sleep & you want to hide under your covers and cry? Not many.”
Tess’ message hit home with many followers and she received loads of support in the comments and over 70,000 likes since she posted the pic just a couple days ago.
“Hang in there sweetie!” one fan commented. “This post is everything. I'm a working mom too and it's the hardest thing in the world,” another responded.
The “#EffYourBeautyStandards” founder has been active in posting empowering, motherhood-related photos since becoming pregnant. From her intimate breastfeeding pics to snaps of her growing baby bump, the famous mama has been open with followers since the beginning.
And though the story she shared was a tough one, she ended the post with a message of hope.
“I hope one day that changes and society views mothers as the flawed human beings we are that are just trying to keep our shit together like everyone else.”