Piers Morgan criticises body positive model Tess Holliday for being 'morbidly obese'

Katie Archer

Piers Morgan has reignited his feud with plus-sized model Tess Holliday, calling an award nomination for her famous Cosmopolitan cover “a ridiculous celebration of someone who is morbidly obese”.

The Good Morning Britain host had previously slammed the magazine for featuring Holliday on their cover in 2018, arguing that she was an unhealthy weight.

Cosmo’s Holliday cover has recently been nominated at the PPA Awards 2016 and the supermodel couldn’t resist flagging up the recognition it had received to Morgan.

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She tweeted: “Hey @piersmorgan, since you were such a fan of my @CosmopolitanUK cover, wanted to let you know it’s nominated for cover of the year.”

But Morgan took the opportunity to rail against her success on GMB again, with his co-host Susanna Reid accusing him of fat shaming.

Morgan said: “To put it in context, she’s 110lbs heavier than me, she’s 11 inches smaller. And that is a body positive image to be celebrated and winning awards?

“If Tess Holliday goes to a doctor, he doesn’t celebrate her 300lb size, he says to her you’re morbidly obese and you’re going to die if you don’t do something about your weight. That’s the reality check behind this ridiculous celebration of someone who’s morbidly obese.

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“I’m not discriminating against fat people or very skinny people. To me, if you’re unhealthy as a body, either painfully thin or painfully fat, you should not be celebrated and people that put you on covers to sell magazines should not be winning awards.”

Guest Dr Miriam Stoppard agreed with him, saying: “Normalising, glorifying, glamourising obesity is very dangerous, because fat is never normal.”

But Morgan’s co-host Reid jumped to the defence of Holliday, saying “good for her” and accusing Morgan of fat shaming.

However, Morgan refused to back down, later commenting: “I’m sure we have some 300lb viewers who would like to tweet us but they’re too busy eating.”