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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