So maybe black men don’t all love Tess Holliday after all? After claiming that they do, the plus-size model is now apologizing for the comments she made to The Guardian.
In an interview with The Guardian, Holliday spoke about the attention she receives from black men when she’s walking through black neighborhoods, and needless to say, that didn’t sit well with too many people.
Holliday provided a lengthy response on her Facebook page and explained that she didn’t mean to offend anyone:
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. 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.
And hopefully this'll be the last we hear about that.