While fat-shaming is unfortunately rampant on social media (just ask stars like Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Kim Kardashian), skinny-shaming, when it occurs, is equally problematic. Which is why we’re proud of actress Ruby Rose for clapping back at Instagram commenters who said she looks “anorexic” and told her to “eat a burger” after she posted a picture of herself rocking a crop top at the CFDA/Vogue Fund Fashion Show last week.
“Body shaming SHITS ME. It’s so frustrating,” Rose wrote on Instagram Stories. “Not because I care about what someone thinks of my body. I love my body when I don’t work out and I am soft and I love it when I train hard and feel strong. I hate it because it worries fans or shames them. I hate it because it uses no logic and basically is just someone projecting their experience and expectations on others.”
“I eat so much amazing food (I can’t believe I even have to write that sentence) I just don’t drink alcohol or eat processed food, or meat or dairy and I train every day,” she continued. “I’m plant based and stupidly healthy. I trained my ass off for 3 action films, I used to be a boxer. My body is just my body. It fluctuates and it changes depending on how hard I train.”
While nobody should ever have to justify their diet or exercise routine to strangers from the internet, Rose’s PSA definitely shut down any haters who somehow think her toned abs somehow equal an unhealthy lifestyle. While fat-shaming is a more prevalent way of making women feel bad about their bodies, skinny-shaming has become increasingly pervasive. And worst of all, it’s often disguised as genuine concern.
“These messages encourage women to change their body, often by engaging in unhealthy behaviors,” Alexis Conason, Psy.D, wrote in a 2015 Psychology Today article on the topic. “We can’t diagnose emotional or physical health by looking at someone’s body size. Health is based on factors that are not so easily visible, such as nutrition and physical activity. And that can happen at any size.”