A plus-sized model named Megan Kimberling is upset this week because people have been making comments on some of her recent naked photos.
Kimberling claims she’s had to block up to 50 “fat-phobic” trolls a day because they said some mean things about her bodyweight.
The model — who has appeared in high profile magazines like Vogue Italy and Curva — claims she’s been terrorized for her size but refuses to let the haters win.
Kimberling says her appearance shouldn’t dictate how successful her modeling career is. She says, in part:
Just because you are fatter than other models doesn’t mean you don’t have as much or more talent than them. That’s the frustrating part. If you’re not going to take me seriously then I’m not the issue, you are the issue. Often I get told I can’t show my body because it’s inappropriate but they don’t like me when I’m wearing clothes and they don’t like me when I’m not. They don’t like the idea that it’s OK to be fat. I think our society needs to reevaluate its priorities.
She’s right. Society does need to reevaluate its priorities.
You have to start reevaluating where we strayed as a society when: 1) size 20 women become spokespeople for a healthy body image and end up in Vogue, and 2) they start demanding the same exact treatment that normal, attractive models receive.
The fat model phenomenon is something that future generations will probably look back on and ask their grandparents about. They’ll wonder what it was like to open up a fashion magazine and see something like this. And we’ll have no answer for them other than “we did it in the name of healthy body positivity.” Which is the most baffling part of it all.
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