Tess Holliday. Picture: Instagram

Tess Holliday has come out as pansexual. 

The 33-year-old plus-sized model feels "a lot of stuff in [her] life now makes sense" after she established the word "pansexual" - an attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity - relates to her more than bisexual, and she now feels a "sense of relief" because she no longer has to "pretend to be someone [she] is not". 

While speaking to a guy on holiday who asked her "are you bi?", Tess - who has three-year-old son Bowie with husband Nick Holliday, and a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship - explained: "I said, 'Thank you so much for asking.' 

"I've been thinking a lot about my relationship to my own queerness, and I think the word pansexual speaks to me more than bi does.

"He said, 'Thank you for telling me about that, but actually, I said, 'Are you buying?'

"I feel like a lot of stuff in my life now makes sense. 

"A lot of the things that I felt when I was younger make sense. A lot of the relationships that I had make sense. I definitely have a sense of relief. I can connect with people on a more intimate level than I was before, because I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not."

While she is in a monogamous heterosexual marriage with Nick, she replied "yeah" when asked if she would be in a romantic relationship with a woman. 

She added Nylon magazine: "I might not know, like, what to do. But I feel like I'd figure it out."

Tess recently admitted she goes to therapy to "make sense" of body-shaming trolls. 

She said: "The other day I woke up to the following message on Instagram, 'Your body image is unhealthy and dangerous. You're a blimp trying to layer yourself in nice clothes and makeup. Can't wait for you to drop dead of a heart attack.' It ended with a smiley-face emoji. 

"I receive messages like this every day - and have my entire life. I would be lying if I said they didn't affect me. I go to therapy to try to make sense of it all. I will tell someone to f**k off if they deserve it, but I'd rather come from a place of compassion."

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