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Size 22 model Tess Holliday apologises for 'racist' remark, says 'black men love me'

Published 11/06/2015 | 13:50

Tess Holliday - Instagram
Tess Holliday - Instagram
Tess Holliday - Instagram

The world's biggest plus size model has apologised for a "racist" remark she made on a photoshoot.

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Tess Holliday, a size 22 model has long been praised for his approach to body confidence, but her remarks in a recent interview with the Guardian ave sparked a backlash online.

During the conversation, Tess (29) is quoted as telling crew members during her shoot that "black men love me. I always forget that, and then I come to a black neighbourhood and I remember."

She apologised on her Facebook page earlier this week, saying that it wasn't meant to offend anyone.

recent interview from The Guardian has upset some people, and I thought I needed to address it publicly to try and clear...

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"The incident in question occurred when I was on the street, feeling rather exposed in my underwear for the shoot, and an older black man cat called me as I was walking behind the team," she explained.

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"I replayed the incident to the team once we were set up for the next shot, and jokingly said some semblance of what appeared in print. It was in relation to being cat called by black men significantly more than by white, but perhaps my tone and wording didn't convey this clearly. It was also meant to play into the idea that black men like bigger women, but the humour of that doesn't come through.

"To further add context, the team included two talented black women - so it was clearly not something intended to cause offence."

The model, who recently featured on the cover of People magazine, said that the concept of fame is still new to her and accepts that she might upset people from time to time.

Tess Holliday - Instagram
Tess Holliday - Instagram

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