Plus-size model Tess Holliday has shot back at trolls who have criticized her for publicly breastfeeding her baby son.
The 31-year-old mother, her son, and her husband, Nick Holliday, participated at the downtown Los Angeles sister march of the Women's March taking place across the country on Jan. 21.
During the march, the fact that 7-month-old Bowie became cranky, tired and hungry in the crowd prompted Tess to stop and breastfeed him in public, the Daily Mail reports.
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She posted an image taken of the moment on Instagram, writing: "Breastfeed anywhere. Thank you to my friend ... for capturing this moment during today's @womensmarchla."
While most of Tess' fans supported her "beautiful" act, others reacted with criticism.
"Ewww cover up," responded one follower, while another chipped in with: "I wouldn't want my wife doing that with my children in public."
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Tess decided to address the backlash on social media with a brutally honest response.
"Edited to add: Those saying that I should 'cover up,'" she wrote. "You mean when I'm breastfeeding MY baby who was a) hungry & b) screaming because he was overly tired & the crowd overloaded his senses & it was the only way to comfort him?!
"I will feed my child anywhere I want. Also CA state law protects me to do so. Keep your educated opinions off my body," she said.
Holliday's decision to breastfeed in public during the march was interpreted by some to be a public statement in favor of women's rights, Romper reports.
The day before the march, the size 22 model posted a striking photo of herself posing in mesh and lace lingerie on social media.
The selfie depicts Tess seductively looking over her shoulders, her derriere showing in the picture.
Her auburn hair is done in waves and she features a smoldering brown, smoky eye makeup and daring painted red lips.
She wrote in a caption for the image: "When they try & steal your shine & you gotta remind them that it was never up for the taking."
Tess is famous for writing posts that help her fans accept and love their bodies for what they are.
"I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby, & guess what, still fat... & THATS OKAY," she wrote. "I have no New Years resolution to lose weight, but only to work on learning my new body & loving & nurturing it.
"Not a day goes by that Nick doesn't tell me how beautiful I am, but it's not our partners job to lift our spirits, 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."