The magazine, on newsstands Friday, features Holliday in a swimsuit.
Holliday gushed on Twitter about her disbelief that she’s “literally a COSMO Girl!” but the message behind the photo meant so much more to her.
“If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life,” she wrote Wednesday.
Phew, I’m literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can’t believe I’m saying that!— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) August 29, 2018
Thank you @CosmopolitanUK 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
Issue hits stands 8/31! pic.twitter.com/sBYWY7nEwZ
One Twitter user summed up the impact of Holliday gracing the cover of a fashion magazine often associated with the very thin.
“This is especially great bc most of the times I’ve seen plus size or even just slightly chubby women on a magazine cover, it’s a tight crop on her face,” advocacy consultant Marion Teniade Johnson wrote. “It’s the 'you have such a beautiful face' of shots."
Not this time. And fans are pleased.
I teared up looking at this. So few of the people I love will understand how huge this is. For @Tess_Holliday, for me, and for all the young women who would have had very different teenage years had this been the norm. This is HUGE. Wow. https://t.co/l58Acgw960— Rachel Vogler (@rachel_vogler) August 29, 2018
Trying to figure out how different my life and self-image would be if I had grown up seeing women of all sizes represented like this. pic.twitter.com/rvN13dba74— Sarah Hannon (@hannonksarah) August 29, 2018
For some reason I burst into tears when I saw this. Maybe because I used to pore through women's magazines at a teen for HOURS of misery, imagining how much happier I'd be if I looked like them. I just pray this means my daughters won't waste so many formative minutes. https://t.co/pUoSjQaKFF— Sasha Brown-Worsham (@sashabrownworsh) August 29, 2018
I stopped buying Cosmo years ago—I will go buy this issue— Princess Damage (@tgshepherdvan) August 30, 2018
I love you Tess, thanks so much for fighting this battle so girls like us can FINALLY stop hating ourselves, while looking FUCKING GORGEOUS doing it!!— Jojo (@pplnotprvts) August 29, 2018
Holliday, author of The Not So Subtle Art Of Being A Fat Girl, and a prominent advocate for body acceptance, scored another victory recently with a see-every-curve shot on the digital cover of Self.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.