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Body-Shaming: Weight-Based Bullying Online

We live in a time when everyone has access to sharing their opinions to the world at their fingertips. While this gives us the ability to connect to anyone at anytime, it gives bullies a new platform- and helps them do it anonymously.

Anonymous person on internet
Cyber-bullying leaves lasting impacts on anyone, especially adolescents. This include changes in behavior, insecurities and mental illnesses. There are actions we can take against bullying- but the internet seemingly makes it impossible to avoid it altogether.
Celebrities are constantly subjected to public opinion, shamed in magazines and the news- now haters can comment at any moment, every second of the day on their social media accounts. The internet exposes celebrities to a larger amount of hate- especially about their physical appearance. Haters can comment on any image of a celebrity about which physical features they feel could be improved.
1. Nicola Coughlan was body-shamed on Twitter by Amanda Richards, who posted about Coughlan's red carpet looking saying "the fat girl from Bridgerton" was wearing the black cardigan with her look to hide how fat she looks. Coughlan clapped back with "I have a name" and that the cardigan was a fashion choice- not an insecurity.
Nicola Coughlan Golden Globes Black Cardigan
2. Lili Reinhart struck back at the public who started rumors all over the internet that she was pregnant, all because of "unflattering" images of her stomach. Instead of allowing Lili to have any belly fat- the public assumed she must be pregnant. Lili stated that she will "never apologize for her body...let's not put so much time and effort into caring about a strangers' figure."
Lili Reinhart Red Carpet
Lili speaks at conferences about body positivity and uses her platform to promote healthy body image and stand against body-shaming. She says that the film industry needs to change and showcase all bodies- and to not let body shape be as prominent a factor in Hollywood success.
3. Selena Gomez was publicly bashed for her bikini body- her post kidney transplant body. Internet haters commented that she looked "larger" and "curvier" than normal. Selena responded saying that she takes care of herself, for herself, and that trying to meet other's beauty standards will only cause self hatred.
Orange Bikini Selena Gomez
4. Ashley Graham, a plus-size model, was a victim to internet shaming when someone commented on a lingerie photoshoot of her "I thought you worked out," implying that she didn't work out and was unhealthy because of her body. Graham snapped back with a quote we at Bloom Bras can totally get behind, " Girls with cellulite and rolls can't work out also?"
Ashley Graham bikini photo
Ashley has used her platform to speak out for plus-size women on many occasions- a simple Google search of her body positive quotes showcases just how much body representation and love means to her. "There is not one standard definition of beauty or one perfect size."
5. Singer Lizzo has been subjected to body shaming constantly- and has been no stranger to clapping back and defending herself and those who look like her. She's talked about how women can work out and eat right and still look larger- and how it's important to talk about this. Assuming someone is unfit because of their appearance isn't okay- judging someone based off their body is not okay! 
Lizzo on Body Dysmorphia and Low Self-Esteem — Interview | POPSUGAR Fitness

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