Think of bodyshaming on social media, and you’ll typically associate it with curvy or overweight women being harassed by trolls with unrealistic body shape standards.
But one young woman has shown that trolls and bodyshamers are out to humiliate and harass women – whatever their size.
Fashion Instagrammer @sleepgrips has spoken out about the “nasty comments” she received from people accusing her of doctoring her images to make her thighs appear slimmer.
The Houston-based blogger posted a short video of her legs in response to prove that she had not edited her images.
LOL i cant believe i have to post this but i’ve been getting so many nasty comments recently that i’ve had to block a few words. a lot of people feel it necessary to leave rude comments or DMs saying that my thighs are fake/photoshopped so i’ve provided a video for you to see that they are, in fact, not! although many people might view this as a compliment (you’re so skinny it HAS to be fake!), i have gone my whole life being humiliated and judged by others who don’t understand that i am just naturally skinny and lanky. my weight is the first thing people attack. this led me to want to gain weight- which isn’t my body type at all. i tried and failed miserably! since i’m already making this post i would like to take a moment to talk about body positivity and how we view our bodies, especially teenage girls. leaving a comment or mentioning someone’s weight is a very touchy subject as you never know what that person is going through. i try my best to not judge but only compliment someone’s physical features, since most of the time they can’t be changed. Please also realize that everyone is human and has their own perception of their body. Many smaller girls want to gain weight, and many bigger girls want to lose weight. I know very few people that are completely happy with their body. I know that many of you are younger girls and it is so important that you look at YOUR body and love it, instead of imagining yourself as someone else. Also realize that people post their best angles and lighting online- it’s true that you can drop or gain pounds depending on the mirror. recently i have received emails from many companies trying to sponsor me to sell their teas or weight loss products. ever since i was young i was skinny! when i was 7 people asked me if i was anorexic- i didn’t even know what that was. i have never had to ‘try’ to be skinny. up until last year i ate fast food and candy every single day, until i decided to stop for the sake of my health. if i wanted to make easy money i could’ve lied and posted for those companies, but i decided not to because there’s nothing for me to gain.
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“A lot of people feel it necessary to leave rude comments,” she wrote in the caption.
“Although many people might view this as a compliment (you’re so skinny it HAS to be fake!), I have gone my whole life being humiliated and judged by others who don’t understand that i am just naturally skinny and lanky.
“My weight is the first thing people attack.”
She explained that she has always struggled to put weight on and was asked if she was anorexic at the age of seven.
“I didn’t even know what that was,” she confessed.
Thanks her substantial following on Instagram, she currently has 34,000 followers, @sleepgrips revealed that a few weight loss brands have asked her to peddle their products.
Despite her awareness that lucrative sponsorship deals could give her “easy money,” @sleepgrips explained that posting for those companies would be misleading and she ultimately decided against accepting working with them.
“I decided not to because there’s nothing for me to gain,” she said.
Her comments come three years after the controversial Instagram account You Did Not Eat That was launched and immediately vilified for promoting bodyshaming.
Set up by an anonymous user, the account re-posted images of slim women posing with fatty foods.
It featured celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Lara Stone and accused them of not actually eating the foods they had taken photographs with.
Though nothing has been posted on the account since 2014, the account maintains 124,000 followers.