Tess Holliday
Model Tess Holliday at the "Dinner with a Cause 18th Gala" held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE Oct. 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. Getty Images

Body-positive activist Tess Holliday flaunted her post-baby body on Instagram before Christmas. Even though the model isn’t used to her new shape, she doesn’t think she should hide herself. The mother-of-two took to social media to explain it’s been a “battle” to love her body since giving birth in June.

“Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum. It’s been 6 months & my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, new stretch marks and I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever,” Holliday wrote Friday. “I wasn’t anticipating this at all.”

The 31-year-old, formerly known as Tess Munster, donned lace lingerie for the black-and-white picture. “I debated on whether or not to post this, but I think it’s important to be honest about what it’s like to be a woman in the media, who recently had a baby & the pressure that’s put on new moms to ‘lose the baby weight,’” Holliday continued. “I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby & guess what, still fat … & THAT’S OK.”

Even though her fiancé, Australian artist Nick Holliday, loves her the way she is, Holliday emphasized what’s most important is that she loves herself. “Not a day goes by that Nick doesn’t tell me how beautiful I am, but it’s not our partner’s job to lift our spirits,” she wrote. “We have to be our own cheerleaders. So that’s what I will do, take it day by day. It’s a journey, not a race … & a beautiful one at that. #6monthspostpartum. #effyourbeautystandards.”

Holliday is one of the first size-22 models. She has been featured on the covers of multiple magazines, including People. She started the campaign “effyourbeautystandards” to break away from common beauty ideals.

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