"I'm fat but I also have a fat wallet."

By Faith Brar
April 21, 2017

Plus-size model Tess Holliday has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to body-shaming. Recently the mom of two said she's boycotting Uber after a driver questioned whether she was healthy because of her size. And she got it on tape.

The 31-year-old blasted the driver on Instagram after showing a short clip of him asking her about her cholesterol.

"My cholesterol is fine, I'm perfect," Holliday can be heard telling the driver in the video. "I'm healthy." In the caption, Holliday explains that the incident was so insulting that she won't be using Uber's services again-ever.

"Hey @uber I don't pay more to use your 'black car' service to be told that there's no way I could possibly be healthy because I'm fat & then questioning it," she said. "No one should have to tolerate this at any level of the services you offer."

"I'm fat. I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services. Ever," she continued. "#putmymoneywheremymouthis."

Holliday received some backlash for using the word 'fat' to describe her driver, then clarified: "Saying my driver is fat was obviously being used as a descriptor & not to insult him," she wrote. "Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming, it was to be able to show what I deal with daily & why this behavior is unacceptable from anyone."

Uber has since responded to the incident, telling Mashable, "We expect all riders and drivers to treat each other with respect as laid out in our Community Guidelines."

Comments (2)

May 16, 2017
I'd like to know where this happened. If it happened in California, and Ms. Holliday didn't have the driver's consent she was not merely being presumptuous she was violating the law.
May 16, 2017
Why would she boycott Uber? Uber did not make the comment the driver did and Uber had nothing to do with that. It's like boycotting a physician's office because one doctor is an idiot. I use a doctor's office because it happened to me. I belonged to a practice that had several doctors and when I first starting going I had not picked a regular doctor yet. This particular physician was an idiot. I went in with a sinus infection and left with him telling me where to go to work on my real problem, my weight. I did not take it out on the entire practice, just him. I am an Uber driver and I would never say anything like that to a customer. Please don't take it out on all the drivers or the company for one idiot's remarks.