Reminder: Body positivity is about loving all bodies — curvy, plus-size, thin, athletic — and celebrating all shapes and sizes. We might talk a lot about fat-shaming because that's what we're usually up against, but skinny-shaming is just as detrimental and against the message of body positivity overall.
Emily Ratajkowski is the latest victim of skinny-shaming. The model-slash-actress posted an Instagram of two side-by-side photos (which she claims she stole from the paparazzi) while fixing her bikini. In one of the photos, her rib cage appears to be jutting out.
Naturally, health trolls and skinny-shamers attacked Ratajkowski, calling her ribs "disgusting" and showing "concern" over her frame. One commenter even warned other women to not look up to her "unhealthy" body.
Heads up: Calling Ratajkowski's body "unhealthy" or "disgusting" is just as not OK as fat-shaming. The only person that can claim her diet, exercise, or general state of well-being is unhealthy is the model herself.
Additionally, healthy looks different on everyone's body. Assuming someone is unhealthy because of one photo taken at a particular angle is the very epitome of jumping to conclusions. Plus, one photo is only a sliver of a snapshot into someone's life — claiming to know that Ratajkowski isn't taking care of her body is irresponsible.
Ratajkowski has her fair share of trolls shaming her for her sexuality or her body. She has never been afraid to speak out against them, though. She's addressed being shamed for "sexy" selfies:
“I refuse to live in this world of shame and silent apologies," she wrote in a Lenny letter last year. "Life cannot be dictated by the perceptions of others, and I wish the world had made it clear to me that people’s reactions to my sexuality were not my problems, they were theirs.”
Consider that proof Ratajkowski cannot give any less of a damn about the trolls. She's just going to keep on slaying.
Internet, do better.