“It-Girl” Alexa Chung is no stranger to body scrutiny–every couple of weeks, we come across another article about how she’s been photographed looking “sickly” or how, according to A Source, she has an eating disorder. Whether or not that stuff is true, she just became a casualty of the sudden widespread public sensitivity to thinspo and pro-ana sites.
Last night, Chung posted a photo of herself and her mother to Instagram (above). As you can see, Chung’s wearing a conservative denim mini dress that shows her legs.
…Soon after, the comments began: “I’m going to be very honest. I look at this picture and think ‘This is a woman not eating.’ Thus, I worry for women everywhere” and “THIS degree of skinny is frankly alarming, sadly. It is equally alarming that people ENVY this degree… as it is NOT a healthy degree of underweight. Certainly, they shouldn’t want to be like this.” Elsewhere, she was described as “horrid” and “disgustingly skinny.”
Chung then set the image to private and responded herself:
Hi, I am here. I can read. Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I’m not trying to be thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private. Byyyyyeeee.
It’s a tricky thing: we’re pretty much of the opinion that Chung’s body is Chung’s business (unless she’s whining about it to the New York Times). Still, a lot of people feel that Chung is a public figure and she has more than a passing influence on the legions of young girls who see her as a “style icon.” Moreover, the argument that “people are different sizes” is only acceptable when people of different sizes are adequately represented (or, at all).
If anything, hopefully we can all agree that calling someone “disgustingly [anything]” on the internet is 1) unhelpful and 2) lame.
Where do you fall?
(via The Telegraph)