At this point, the fashion world is quite used to coming under heavy criticism for enabling women's unhealthy ideas of their own bodies. The lack of body diversity in magazines and runway shows is still a major area of contention for designers and models alike, but it's less common for people to talk about the opposite side of things—when women are shamed for being "too skinny."
Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm was recently the target of Internet body shamers, who shortly following last week's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show took her to task for being too thin. Malcolm responded in kind, expressing a rarely heard opinion in the fashion world: that being thin is just as valid a body type as being curvy, petite, tall, or anything else.
We salute her for standing up for the right of all women to their own individual bodies! Keep scrolling to see more photos of Malcolm, and to read her poignant response to body shamers!
"Can we stop with the skinny shaming please? I am extremely fit and healthy, and am not in the slightest way anorexic. I have worked hard to look like this and am proud of my body. I may not be the curviest, but I am a woman who has every right to look the way I do. Maybe today take a look inside yourself and wonder why you feel the need to shame strangers over the Internet about their bodies. Peace and love to you all; let's change the conversation."
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