"Fit Mom" and fitness blogger Maria Kang called out and shamed one of the "body positivity" movement's loudest and most recognizable voices. Kang went after feminist Tess Holliday after she attacked a man who said he loved his curvy wife's body.
Kang is best known for sparking controversy among "body positive" activists in 2012 when she showed off her fit body with her small children in front of her. The photo was taken just eight months after the birth of her third child, according to Fox News. Feminists accused Kang of setting unrealistic body images and "mom shaming."
However, Kang used the momentum from her time in the spotlight to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle through a "The No More Excuses Diet" while being an active mom of three.
Kang resurfaced Monday to defend a husband who published an Instagram post stating that he loved his curvy wife.
In July, according to People, Robbie Tripp, author of "Create Rebellion" and a Huffington Post contributor, posted a picture on Instagram of his wife, Sarah, and said he was proud of her and her body. Tripp said there is nothing sexier than his wife, who has "thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc."
“Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She’s real," Tripp said.
|| I love this woman and her curvy body. As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as "chubby" or even "fat." Then, as I became a man and started to educate myself on issues such as feminism and how the media marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean) I realized how many men have bought into that lie. For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc. Her shape and size won't be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it's the one featured in my life and in my heart. There's nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room. Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She's real. She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don't ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated. There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah. || photo cred: @kaileehjudd
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While initially receiving praise, feminists described Tripp's post as "self-serving," according to People. Feminists accused Tripp of patting himself on the back for finding curvy women attractive. This is something, body positive feminists claimed, should be a standard anyway.
Holliday, a woman who describes herself as a "plus model" and leader of the "Eff Your Beauty Standards" campaign, was among the feminists criticizing the post.
Holliday took issue with Tripp's post and promoted a tweet on her Instagram that suggested a man can say he loves a thick woman and the post will go viral, but posts about thick women loving themselves — such as the kind Holliday posts — don't get nearly as much attention.
"Stop giving men trophies for doing the bare minimum," Holliday wrote.
Tripp's post led feminists to delve into his social media history, according to People. One user found comments he had made about Bruce Jenner, now known as transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner. According to People, Tripp said that Bruce will always be Bruce, and no amount of makeup or surgeries would change that.
"Also, I'm not here for someone who says transphobic things," Holliday said in her criticism of Tripp, referring to her target's comments about Jenner.
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Kang posted People's article about Holliday's reaction to Tripp's post and shamed Holliday's hypocrisy. Kang called Holliday an "obese model (not thick, plus size or curvy)" who promotes body positivity but won't support positivity in all its forms.
Kang's post sparked a debate on the merits of Tripp's post, but Kang elaborated to Yahoo Beauty that people like Holliday were upset over Tripp's loving tribute to his wife because "we live in a highly sensitive culture."
Kang added that Holliday has a "militant stance regarding outside validation."
“Tripp’s post was a sweet tribute to his wife, but we live in a highly sensitive culture where people want to be applauded for self-acceptance rather than accept it from someone else,” Kang told Yahoo Beauty. “It seems like Tess believes it’s anti-feminist for a woman to want approval from any man. She has a hard, militant stance regarding outside validation, as symbolized in her #effyourbeautystandards campaign.”
Fox News reported that Holliday was unavailable for comment.