A naked blogger says she is fighting back against body-shamers who criticize her and other healthy women for being too skinny.
Australian Jessa O’Brien’s popular Instagram, “The Nude Blogger,” which has over 69,000 followers, is filled with nude images of O’Brien with captions focused on body positivity and acceptance that bodies come in all shapes and sizes.
However, the 28-year-old said in her blog post, that has not stopped comments from followers about her body, which has resulted in giving her what she calls a “skinny girl complex.”
She says it’s not just “bigger” people who experience body shaming, and it often goes unnoticed.
“I know, some of you are probably thinking, ‘cry me a river’.. and it’s because I’m skinny and look a certain way, right,” she wrote.
“‘Of course she’s comfortable naked, she’s skinny.’ ‘Wait until she has five kids and she won’t be saying any of this.’ These are just some of the examples of body-shaming I have personally experienced,” she said. “You do not have to be fat to be a victim of body-shaming. It is also experienced at the other end of the spectrum, although this aspect tends to fly under the radar a little more.”
More criticism from commenters on her Instagram:
“If this is a body positive site why is it I don’t see a single woman above a size 3 or 4? Shouldn’t every woman be positive about her body?
“Why did you decide to show your face after hiding it for so long? I cannot take you seriously. You lack the confidence to be a “body image” pioneer like you state in your ‘thank you to insta.’ #Fraudnudist”
O’Brien shoots back.
“I have been slim most of my life, despite being able to eat enough food for an entire family…of 10! In the past, I have even been questioned about whether I am bulimic…”
Supporters are chiming in with comments on her Instagram (typos fixed):
“I have the same problem, I’ve had eight babies, I’m a size 8-10, still have a washboard tummy, no spare tire ... I’ve been accused of being anorexic.”
“I’ve been body shamed my entire life for being skinny, and all I have to say is it’s becoming accepted to shame us.”
O’Brien caused controversy earlier this year when her Instagram page was deactivated by the social media photo-sharing site, Yahoo reported.
She said perhaps she would get more credit if she were overweight and embracing her curves.
“But because I’m skinny, conscious about my health and post naked photos regularly, somehow I am less deserving of your time or kindness.”