• Fri, Jan 24 - 10:34 am ET

Olympian Lindsey Vonn Makes Mean Girl Comments About Famous Women’s Bodies

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So, Lindsey Vonn. She’s a skier. She’s not going to be in the Olympics this year because of a knee injury and she’s dating Tiger Woods. And she apparently harbors a lot of resentment towards “people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner.”

What? Yeah. In a recent interview with SELF, Lindsey made some pretty snarky comments about her fellow famous people, saying:

“It’s difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. That’s always tough. I don’t envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people. I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It’s sexy and beautiful to be strong.”

Know what’s also sexy and beautiful? Not criticizing other people. I mean, I get what Lindsey is saying and I kind of understand that it’s meant to be taken as a takedown of the beauty standards that exist in our society, but her comments honestly just come off as mean, petty and inappropriate.

Talking about cellulite and skinny-fat? That sounds like body-shaming to me. I know, I know, I’m getting weary of calling every dang thing “shaming,” too, but seriously. Positioning yourself in opposition to other women who are “skinny-fat” is not empowering. It’s not strong. It implies that you have the “right” kind of body and that women who are thin or women who diet or women who need a “cheeseburger” are wrong. And that’s not ok.

I imagine it is hard to be an athlete and attend parties with other famous people who are not athletes, beautiful thin people who are essentially paid to be beautiful and thin. After all, Lindsey’s comments were made in response to a question from SELF about when she feels insecure, so I understand that they’re likely not made in rancor. But that doesn’t mean it’s ok to say that women who “weigh half as much” as she does need a cheeseburger.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    She could’ve made this an opportunity to discuss having a positive body image or even connect with readers by revealing her own insecurities, but instead she used it as a way to make herself feel better and completely shame others who are a-skinny and b-have cellulite c-both. and ew, I really hate it. Not Cool, Lindsey, not cool.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

      What if she’s not insecure? That’s ok too. I know she could have said this a lot better and perhaps she’s not that deep, but there is reverse shaming that happens where women with confidence get shamed for being proud of themselves. I hear both sides of it from lady friends I have; in the end it’s all about control. There’s a type of person that wants to control their bodies, each other, their men, their woman in some cases, their friends etc.

      These ladies are both skinny and overweight; there’s no difference as it’s all extremes and they have a LOT in common.

      In the end, the most attractive thing on the planet is self respect. For both men and women… do your hair because you have too much pride to go out half baked, shower because fine things should be clean, smell nice, shave, clip the nails, don’t eat or drink fast food OR diet garbage… act like you care about yourself.

      I think that was her badly phrased point. She’s a health nut and she sees woman being glorified for being unhealthy and it makes her uncomfortable.

    • ScarletRegina

      No one is shaming her for being confident. Her comment wasn’t about her confidence, it was about how other women were wrong for having bodies different from hers.

      And if her concern was health, then she would not want to feed people cheeseburgers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

      I don’t think she said that either; she really said nothing other than she’s not jealous of them, but words were dripping in between her sentences. I think personal point of view creates interpretation.

      Also , cheeseburger is bascially a comment on the importance of eating a real meal with food in it. She’s also clearly obnoxious, so it came out in an antagonistic way which clouded what i believe is her point.

      She also might have been asked a question in a way where that answer works. It looks a bit out of context.

  • Cee

    Ive read a few of her interviews. She just can’t say smart or nice things, ever.

  • Eileen

    There are so many more articulate ways to say this – aka, “I hate that the standard of beauty is such that all of these ‘beautiful’ women are half my size and that that makes me feel self conscious when in all likelihood I am stronger and fitter and healthier than they are.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

      I think it’s coming from skinny dieters being so judgmental and her feeling self conscious being evaluated by them. Ever been in a room with a weight watchers follower? They almost have a heart attack seeing you eat and they focus on everyone’s fat as if it were some sort of contagious disease they might get.

      Women diet for control, not to get fit. You don’t get fit by starving yourself or eating diet products, you get fit by eating proper food and drinks without additives, eating in moderation, understanding your body type and being at least slightly physically active. It’s VERY easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

    I disagree with the author and “get” Lindsey’s comments, even if they might have been stated more eloquently. It’s not body shaming, but rather diet shaming and I don’t see how it’s so bad when the marketing of unhealthy diets, products and body images are so well received.

    Ladies… EAT. Don’t get obese, but please eat a f-ing cheeseburger if you want one; men find you much sexier with some protein in your muscles and the self confidence to eat a damn steak. It doesn’t mean submit to an extreme, it means don’t be led around and conned by catch phrases, diets, stupid ideas or what gay men think you should look like to attract straight men. Speak your mind, order some food, keep you tongue in your mouth and enjoy your life.

    Here’s a truth; if you check your labels and eat food without additives; put down the poison diet soda, the fake sweeteners, the diet foods, the low card bars, the fast food etc… you will lose weight by design, lose many auto immune issues, look younger, think quicker and be very confident. The body is built to make you whole if you allow it to. A little yoga would make you into a love machine, but even without it… you’ll never be obese and always feel good about yourself.

    THAT is what this woman was trying to say.

    • Cee

      Thank you for all this mansplain!

    • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

      You are very welcome! FYI, that is an awesome cat costume… very realistic! ;)

    • Holly

      Is this satire?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

      Not at all Holly. I’ve been down the junk food route and the diet food route and I feel really strongly about them being equally destructive. If you don’t poison your body with stuff it doesn’t need/ know what to do with, it does great things on it’s own. I’ve had a surreal body/ health transformation just by cutting down food that comes from a science lab; not kidding.

      Pro athletes understand this stuff pretty well; so this woman was probably saying something truthful in an obnoxious way, taken out of context.

    • Actually…

      You decided she said what you wanted her to say, but that is not at all what she said. She said nothing about diet at all except that she wants to feed women who are skinnier than her a cheeseburger. Basically she just set up the idea that being skinny isn’t enough because you could still be skinny fat if you have cellulite. Now she might have intended something like what you are saying, but you are putting an awful lot of words in her mouth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

      I think everyone else here is guilty of the same. The truth is you’re right, she didn’t say all that much, or at least only a part of her quote was clipped to invoke discussion.

      I just have such a personal pet peeve about “skinny” so maybe I am taking a few words and running with it. I have one solitary male friend who even thinks about a girl being thin and it’s a guy with bulimia. Most men cringe with all this “skinny” garbage; we want healthy, just like you do. Personally, I’d find a girl attractive 10 pounds heavier over 10 pounds less in a heartbeat, but really I can honestly say I (and most guys) never even notice your weight until you’ve gone 25-30 pounds one way or the other. Being skinny is fine too. Just be healthy and allow your natural body to be what it is.

      Do most women want an oiled up body builder or an in shape healthy guy who’s presentable and confident?

  • http://www.facebook.com/hitsingle Nik

    FYI, please consider removing Miley Cyrus’s idiocracy pose from the background along with that girl beating zoo animal who pretends to have musical talent when his only talent is being the worlds first talking ape.

    He should be returned to the zoo before they discover he’s gone and she really needs treatment for her whatever addiction she’s clearly struggling with.

    It’s not a generational thing, it’s an intelligence thing… please consider raising the bar just a little. You can still post stupid if you feel it sells, but just more mild stupid.

    It looks like an ad for a brain injury rehab center… ;)