Thin Shaming Is A Real Thing: One Model’s Story
We’re all very familiar with the numerous stories of girls being unfairly fat shamed for not having what society has deemed “the perfect body.” We have zero control over the body we’re born with so picking on anyone’s physical appearance is just cruel and unecessary.
However, when it comes to being a curvy girl vs. a skinny girl, there is little attention given to the fact that, while skinny girls seem to be the “lucky” ones, they still face shaming for how they look. Being told they don’t have a “real woman’s” body is hurtful, insulting and just as bad as picking on someone who carries more weight.
Well, Australian model, Genevieve Barker is speaking out against thin shamers in hopes of making people understand that being told to “eat a burger” is not cool and needs to stop.
Opening up to Daily Mail, Genevieve says, “I post a lot on Instagram and I am often bombarded with ‘eat a burger’ comments that really, really hurt. “I see articles all the time condemning ‘fat shamers’ and how appalling it is that a woman should ever call another woman ‘too big’. However it is seen as empowering, and speaking out for ‘real women’ if people comment ‘too thin,’ ‘eat something,’ ‘gaunt,’or ‘disgusting’ about thin women. I am thin, I AM a real woman!”
Genevieve goes on to say that she isn’t starving herself or doing anything extreme to maintain her naturally thing figure.
“I used to feel embarrassed, and guilty for being the way I am. I don’t any more,” she said, “I work hard for my bod. I am naturally slender, and I work out most days… I essentially train like an athlete, I nourish myself with the foods that help me train and give me energy for the long days of castings and shoots. I am healthy and strong and yes, thin. Words hurt. They are easy to type, hurtful to read. People need to think before they hit the keys.”
Could not have said it better myself.