Tess Holliday clarifies Uber boycott after being 'fat shamed' by driver
Plus-size model Tess Holliday was recently body shamed by an Uber driver, but doesn’t think he was being malicious.
Tess took to Instagram earlier this week (beg17Apr17) to tell her 1.4 million followers that her driver from the popular car service had called her out over her weight, and even questioned the model's cholesterol levels.
Telling users she was boycotting the cab company from now on, Tess has once again opened up on the matter.
“Clarifying my post about my body shaming Uber driver on my insta stories & this is a snippet- hope this clears up a few things! #effyourbeautystandards #bodyshamingiswrong,” she posted next to a video of her explaining her thoughts.
Talking to the camera Tess tells her fans: “Secondly, which I think most people are missing the point of this, do I think he was being rude by saying those things to me? Do I think he was doing them maliciously? No, I don’t. But that’s the problem. He was shaming me and giving me unsolicited advice about my body based on the way I look, and my size, which is wrong.
“Like I said, it’s not right, it’s not OK. No one ever, regardless of your size, should give you unsolicited health advice ever. That’s the point of the post.”
Tess’ original post was a video of her driver questioning her about her cholesterol, and she added a title over the video saying, “My driver who is fat is questioning if I’m healthy."
The clip was taken from the back seat and featured the Uber worker’s torso behind the steering wheel, but not his face.
While many of her fans praised her stand against body shaming, some were disappointed that she’d called the driver fat in return.
“Edited to add: saying my driver is fat was obviously being used as a descriptor & not to insult him. Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming, it was to be able to show what I deal with daily & why this behavior is unacceptable from anyone,” she added to her original post.