Okay, let’s have a chat, shall we? This whole Gap model thing is pissing me way off.
For those that don’t know, Gap posted a photo ad featuring a very thin model. This was followed by an explosion of hurtful comments on Twitter about this model’s appearance. Here’s an article about it: http://m.eonline.com/news/567151/pin-thin-gap-model-sparks-twitter-outrage-is-the-internet-skinny-shaming
For the record, I’m a thin girl, I have a thigh gap, a flat chest, and myriad image and confidence issues and it’s because of incidences like this.
It’s true that in the past, companies have discriminated against aspiring models because of their body profiles, and I’m sure it still happens to an extent. It’s also true that companies need to hire models that fit into their clothes and if you look around, most companies these days have equal sections for smaller girls and bigger girls. Therefore, models will get picked according to the demand of the company and the size of the clothes they are trying to promote. So, out of necessity, there will always be some form of discrimination against size, but it’s not so much discrimination as business-oriented supply and demand of job opportunities for models.
Furthermore, it’s true that companies have been known to photoshop images to make models appear superhumanly formed with perfect proportions, and THAT is IN FACT a serious issue to go after the companies about. The. Companies.
That being said, these twitter users were attacking the model. The model.
WHAT DID THE MODEL DO?
Did anyone stop to think WHY she might be that thin? The only possibilities are: that’s the natural body type she was born with, she is suffering from some kind of debilitating disease, she is dealing with an eating disorder, or the image was photoshopped by Gap. The former two reasons are not her fault, the third reason is not something to shame her for but something to offer sympathy for, and the last is also out of her control.
How dare you make someone feel bad for something that they have no control over and/or causes them a lot of physical and emotional pain? How dare you?
If anyone should get any grief, it should be the companies. They are the only possible candidates for wrong doing in this, and even then, most companies have shaped up.
So what reason is there to respond this way? What reason is there to be this unnecessarily hurtful towards another human being? Because of jealousy, insecurity? To the Twitter users that posted these things, do you feel insecure about yourself and so throw that on another victim for relief? Do you enjoy being judgemental or hurtful for the self-empowering result? What possible reason is there to be this spiteful?
The same people that defend larger models against grief for being larger are giving this model grief for being smaller. Where’s the justice in that?
Everyone is at a certain weight for certain reasons and everyone should respect that. We need to learn how to stop making each other feel bad for how we look. Self-consciousness gets in the way of great people with great minds being as productive as they can be, and that’s dragging down the human race.
I don’t “need to eat” and the guy over there doesn’t need to “lose a few pounds,” not if we don’t want to. If you’re healthy and happy, be whatever weight you want, and embrace whatever shape you were born with.
Anyone who wants to exploit people for being whatever size and shape can SCREW. OFF.