Model and mother, Tess Holliday‘s latest Instagram post is going viral today. Yesterday (Feb 27) she shared a vulnerable shot of herself in tears and opened up about the struggles of being a working mother.
This is the reality of being a mom. I've been up since 3 am, & every time I get Bowie to sleep & try to lay him down, he wakes up. He is teething & has no clue I have to work today, & most days I can work 15 hour days, take care of both boys & put some lipstick on & deal with it. Most days I drink my coffee & smile at every little thing he does thinking it's the best thing in the world, but not today. I've been crying for nearly two hours, & I'm crying as I write this. I've reached my limit, exceeded it to be honest. My confidence has taken a blow with this birth & it wasn't until this morning I realized why. The pressure of "looking good" for a living is too much today. When your face is breaking out from the hormones of breastfeeding + total exhaustion from lack of sleep, bags under your eyes, patchy red skin & to top it off no energy to work out or leave my bed.. how do you do it? How do you feel confident in your skin & feel like you aren't letting the client down by showing up exhausted & disheveled? Yes, I chose a career based on my looks & I'm the first one to say that beauty isn't what should drive you, it's certainly not what motivates me. As a working mom in an industry that's as critical as mine, where is the line? The balance? The compassion? Is any career understanding when you show up at negative 10% because your kids wouldn't let you sleep & you want to hide under your covers & cry? Not many. I hope one day that changes & society views mothers as the flawed human beings we are that are just trying to keep our shit together like everyone else. #effyourbeautystandards #workingmoms #disruptperfectmomsyndrome
It looks like a Holiday, who welcomed her second son in June 2016, is getting a lot of support because the post now has over 73 thousands likes.
The post is proof that you never know who is experiencing the same struggles until you reach out. Some of the supportive comments left for Tess read: “It’s soooo hard. I am right there with you. Hang in there beautiful! You got this” and “I can’t tell you how desperately I needed this. Six months after having my sweet, little guy and I don’t recognize myself some days. Thank you for this. Thank you”
It always great to see moms supporting other moms!