"No one wants to see this," one user said in Leive and Chan's Instagram comments. Others brashly commented that her body "should be illegal."
We're not going to dignify these assholes by repeating the rest of the hateful, hurtful comments that they posted. Some came for the "unflattering" clothes she was wearing, while others attempted to question Lauren's health.
Ever notice how boring and predictable body shamers are?
But Chan — who loved her look, and was proud to walk in Chomat's show — clapped back HARD at the haters trying to make her feel embarrassed and ashamed.
"My whole body of work as an editor is focused on redefining the social norms about size and on making women feel valued no matter what they look like. Period. I have never been attacked for putting my plus-size model friends in the pages (and on the cover) of Glamour. Not once have I received hateful letters for writing critiques on the fashion industry's sizeism. And no one threatened me personally when I made clothing up to size 28 or helped designers launch plus sizes. But once I had the *audacity* to get my size 16 ass in a swimsuit and walk a runway...well...the negative comments were so bad that Glamour spoke out against them publicly.
So hear this haters: WOMEN LIKE ME ARE NOT HERE FOR YOUR SHIT. We are not here to be policed. We are not here to serve as sex objects. We are not here to keep quiet. We are not here to look or behave or talk in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Oh and while we're talking about you--fuck you. If even one person reads this feminist statement and feels empowered, you lose," Chan said, according to Chromat's Instagram post.
Glamour's editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, ALSO posted a response to all of the hate.
"To state what should be obvious: Critiquing women’s bodies is not OK [...] Trolls: Women don’t need your permission to look how they want, do what they want, and most certainly they do not need to measure up (or down) to your contrived ideas of how women should appear. If you don’t agree, please leave. And if you DO agree, if you DO believe that all bodies are beautiful and that every one of us has the right to feel freaking amazing in the skin we’re in—well, then, raise a glass with me to Lauren, and to every woman out there willing to be herself on a daily basis. There are a lot of us," Leive said on Instagram.
It's great to see influential voices in the industry taking a stand against body shaming.
Chan's work both on and off the runway, as well as Leive's response to the hatred, represented a noteworthy moment in body positivity. They are both figures who can decide what images we see in fashion today. Most of all, their posts carry great importance and a major following through social media — and the fashion industry itself.
Regardless of size, shape, or background, no one should be shamed for being bold enough to step onto the runway. A non-sample size model shouldn't have to face endless criticism whenever they step on the runway. As Chan's experience shows, plus-size models won't stand for it, and they have every right to stomp over the trolls who think otherwise.