• Thu, Jun 27 2013

The Daily Mail Fat Shamed A Kid Today

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Yes, it’s easy to bag on the Daily Mail. They’re loud, they’re ubiquitous, they’re dumb and they hate women. Seriously. They just plum don’t like ‘em.

And they’re incompetent. And they’re hateful.

But fat-shaming a kid seems like new(ish) territory for them!

Anyway, Christie Brinkley‘s daughter, Sailor Brinkley Cook, posted a #transofrmationtuesday (seriously? narcissists need a hashtag for every day of the week?) to Instagram last month, showing her one year before. Here it is:

The Daily Mail fat shames Christie Brinkley's 15-year-old daughter, Sailor Brinkley Cook

You’ll notice how she looks like a kid on the left and a teenager on the right. Those are both true. No big deal, seemingly. People tend to grow. Kids tend to become teenagers.

But! Rather than simply letting nature progress, the Mail decided to be equal parts creepy and shitty about it and laud her “stunning transformation:”

Sailor Brinkley Cook, 15, posted two photos of herself taken a year apart [!]
In the first, taken in summer 2012, she was a chubby-cheeked tween [!]
Now Sailor bears an uncanny resemblance to a younger version of her supermodel mother, now 59 [!]

The photos, the first taken in summer 2012 and the second taken exactly a year later, show how much the young girl has come to resemble her mother after losing the puppy fat and ‘growing into herself’, as she puts it.

bert can't believe what he read

First of all, guys, GROSS. She’s 15.

Second of all, it’s framed like it’s going to be a diet piece–”How Christie Brinkley’s daughter went from pudgy teen to her supermodel mother’s doppelganger in just 12 months.” There is no how, ps. She fucking grew up some. Puberty isn’t really a diet tip.

Third of all, good lord, don’t call 14-year-old girls “pudgy,” “chubby-cheeked,” or refer to their “puppy fat.”

Fourth of all, don’t celebrate it. Don’t make growing up into some sexy triumph, applauding her now that she “resembles a younger version of her supermodel mother.”

are you fucking kidding me

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  • Samantha_Escobar
  • Tatum

    While it’s completely inappropriate to celebrate 15-year-olds for no longer being fat 14-year-old slobs (!!!), I couldn’t help but feel this wasn’t as bad as I feared?

    • Liliana

      I thought that too, and then I remembered being 15.

      …And then I thought about what it would be like to have a major newspaper run photos of a younger, chubbier version of myself and praise me for no longer having a “pudgy body” and I started to think it was really, really awful.

    • Cari

      Reminds me of when a couple of my friends went through a period of pretty dangerous diet & excerise and the one girl’s drastic drop in size was initially put down to her naturally happening to lose her “puppy fat” at the same time :/

  • Madison

    Awesome gifs, tragic story. This is why its so damn hard to be 14 or 15! Daily Mail = A-holes. Oh, and pervs.

  • ktree

    Ok I am not just saying this to be nice, but does anyone else thinks she looks the FUCKING SAME, except in a different outfit and pose and with longer hair?

  • Linda

    She was never fat.