In a recent blog post titled, “Kate Upton is Well-Marbled,” on the blog Skinny Gossip, writer Skinny Gurl compared the Sports Illustrated cover model to a cow.
That’s right. She compared a swimsuit model to a cow.
Skinny Gurl took aim at Upton posting a photo of the model walking the runway and saying she is, “confidently lumbering up the runway like there’s a buffet at the end of it.”
The blogger claims Upton is 30 pounds overweight, calls her a piggie, says she has huge thighs, no waist, big fat floppy boobs and terrible body definitition. “Is this what American women are ‘striving’ for now? The lazy, lardy look?” she wrote.
Skinny Gurl goes on to say some pretty vulgur things about 19-year old Upton who has modeled for Dooney & Burke and Guess.
So what’s up with the mean girl bullying?
I think it’s sad that this blogger even spent the time and energy writing such hateful words.
But what’s even more interesting to me are the claims this blogger is making.
Skinny Gurl claims that naturally thin people are belittled in our society while it’s becoming more socially acceptable to be overweight.
While thin people probably do hear comments about their weight, I disagree with her beliefs about people on the other end of the weight spectrum.
Studies show that weight discrimination does happen in the workplace.
Not hiring people or paying them less because they are overweight doesn’t seem to jive with her claim that our society glorifies obesity.
Skinny Gurl wrote about the inspiration for her blog: “As a thin person, I was also annoyed by our double-standards around weight. For example, people think nothing of telling a thin woman - to thier face, in front of an entire group of people - how skinny they are and even to suggest what they should eat. But I’ve never seen the reverse happen to an overweight woman.”
While thin people may have to deal with people telling them to “eat a sandwich,” overweight people are developing life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. I don’t feel sorry for Skinny Gurl.
Skinny Gurl writes that she is 5’7” tall and tries to stay at about 100 pounds, which means her BMI is 15.7. A BMI under 18.5 is underweight. She actually IS too skinny! Which is why people probably tell her to eat something.
She says she prefers the skinny aesthetic and takes pride in keeping herself very thin. Skinny Gossip even featured the, “Starving Tip of the Day.” (The feature has since been removed because of all the negative feedback from the Upton post.)
Obesity is obviously a problem in our country and I think there are better ways to discuss the issue.
Promoting a healthy diet and an active lifestyle is a start. And how about being kind and supportive to others.
I think about the teenage girls who will come across her blog post. They are being told that a swimsuit model is fat and to look at “thinspiration” and follow the “Starving Tip of the Day.” Why not inspire young girls to get involved in athletics or be active?
So to Skinny Gurl I say: Positivity is a whole lot prettier than being skinny.