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Tess Holliday Destroys a Troll Who Body Shamed Her Weight with a McDonald's Meme

Plus-size model Tess Holliday just hilariously mocked a body-shaming meme that depicts her with McDonald's hamburgers by saying that she doesn't even like the chain.

Holliday posted the meme, which was created by an unidentified troll, on her Facebook page on Monday. The meme shows Holliday as Ursula, the robust villain in the Disney classic "The Little Mermaid," next to some McDonald's food. Rather than let the meme upset her, she posted on Facebook that she prefers the California staple In-N-Out to McDonald's.

 

Some internet troll made this trying to offend me I guess, but the only thing I'm mad at is McDonald's sucks... In and Out is clearly better. 󾍘🏼󾥠󾥧 Also, #Ursula is amazing. Nice try tho 󾆴🏻

Posted by Tess Holliday on Monday, March 14, 2016

 

"Some internet troll made this trying to offend me I guess, but the only thing I'm mad at is McDonald's sucks," Holliday wrote. "In and Out is clearly better. 🙌🏼🍔🍟 Also, ‪#‎Ursula‬ is amazing. Nice try tho."

Holliday's post has more than 34,000 reactions as of writing time. Holliday added in the comments section that she was "still laughing" at the meme an hour after posting it, and some fans joked that Holliday's haters are just "poor unfortunate souls," a reference to Ursula's song in the Disney flick.

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This comes several weeks after fitness Instagram star Ashy Bines slammed Holliday, who was the first size 22 model to sign with a major agency, for "not [being] a good role model to young girls."

Bines came under fire after sharing an Instagram post showing Holliday in a swimsuit and a severely underweight runway model named Ana Carolina Reston, who died a decade ago from an infection caused by anorexia. Bines, who did not know of Reston's death at the time she posted the image, wrote that Reston and Holliday are both unhealthy in different ways:


"I'm not saying I'm perfect or anything like that but I just think it's sad that women who are obviously eating a lot more than what they need and not moving their bodies to be fit, strong and healthy are getting praise," Bines wrote. "I'm not saying either are ugly or ANYTHING like that. [I] just don't think either are healthy role models and shouldn't be given praise."

Holliday, who is now seven months pregnant, responded on Facebook that she wasn't going to let Bines' comments get to her.

 

Oh no, a fitness instagramer doesn't like me because I'm fat & a bad "role model". I'm gonna go change who I am entirely...

Posted by Tess Holliday on Thursday, February 25, 2016

 

"Oh no, a fitness instagramer doesn't like me because I'm fat & a bad 'role model,'" Holliday wrote. "I'm gonna go change who I am entirely to please her & fit into societies fucked up reality of 'beauty' right away... Said no one ever. It's 2016 mate, some people don't want to (or can't) look like the cover of women's fitness. Get over it."

Holliday went on to post a photo of herself doing a post-exercise stretch as a way to stick it to Bines.

Holliday told Us Weekly that it seemed like Bines was attacking her choices as a pregnant woman.

"She basically said I was doing an injustice to my [unborn] child by being fat and pregnant and unhealthy,” the model said.

Holliday has been challenging beauty norms (and weathering trolls) for years. She famously started the viral #effyourbeautystandards hashtag in 2013 and has repeatedly called out the unrealistic beauty standards that lingerie company Victoria's Secret promotes in its advertising.

"Growing up in Mississippi, I definitely remember Victoria’s Secret being a huge part of my teenage mall experience, but I couldn’t really fit into any of the underwear," Holliday told MTV News last year. "To be honest, every time I walk into a Victoria’s Secret, they look at me like, 'You are clearly in the wrong store.' I’ve been to Victoria’s Secret stores all across the country—and even one internationally—but they’ve never offered to help me."

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