On this website, we have had more than a few discussions on why bodysnarking thinner women is just as wrong as insulting heavier ones. The conclusion: it’s not cool to insult a person’s body, regardless of what her BMI is. Obviously, this is not the consensus everybody in the world has come to, as there is still a great deal of body shaming and meanness from all sorts of sources directed at celebrities, politicians, models and all other women, really. And according to Kardashian half-sister and newly minted model Kendall Jenner, it’s still hitting thin girls hard, as well.
With a Vogue cover, family television show and a whole lot of public appearances under her belt, 17-year-old Jenner is obviously no stranger to the way the media works. But that doesn’t mean she should have to put up with body shaming. In an interview for April’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Jenner admitted she had been criticized often:
“I’m constantly criticized for being too skinny. I’m trying to gain weight but my body won’t let it happen. What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat, it’s not a nice feeling.”
Of course, not everybody feels that it’s the same thing. For example, a commenter on the Perez Hilton piece about it wrote:
It is not the same at all. When someone says you are too skinny, it is usually said with concern. When someone says you’re fat, it is usually said with disgust. She has never been fat – she doesn’t know what she is talking about.
Every time a thin person says something like this, people always roll their eyes and insist that body snarking isn’t mean if you’re thin. This is simply untrue. I can’t even count how many friends of mine said they were made fun of for being “beanpoles” or told to “go eat a taco” or called “disgustingly skinny.” Insulting somebody’s body and saying it should change is mean. It will always be mean. Don’t do it.
The answer to the question I propositioned in the title, by the way, is “no.” Well, in my opinion at least — I guess everyone’s welcome to their own, but the fact of the matter is that it’s up to her to decide how she wants her body to look, therefore making it both irrelevant and ridiculous for the rest of us to arbitrarily declare her too thin.