Have you ever considered how frequently we are urged to alter our appearance?
Without even knowing anything about us, much less our appearance, magazines continuously give advice on how to lose weight “in days,” seem thinner “instantly,” and hide our “imperfections.” Body shaming takes many forms, and this is only one.
The bodies of overweight individuals serve as the foundation for many of the humor in sitcoms. It has become the norm to criticize features of our bodies with friends as a way of connecting; if we all despise our bodies, it makes us feel united and connected. Body shaming can start a negative feedback loop of criticism and judgment.
And if you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time scrolling through your social media feed and liking or commenting on anything that catches your eye. You may have observed the drawback of social media, which is body shaming, despite the fact that it is typically innocent fun.
Over the years, the idea of body shaming has attracted a lot of public interest. It happens everywhere and is not specific to one gender when someone believes that your physique doesn’t meet their ideal standard and that you should feel horrible about it.
Body shaming can come in all different types of forms, but some body shamed when you criticize the person’s body in particular clothes, just like how “Good Day Chicago” host Kristen Nicole received criticism over her on-air maternity attire, in 2016 and in 2017.
Women have their own dress codes enforcing how much of their legs they can show, how much of their chest they can show, how much of their stomachs they can show, and even how much of their shoulders they can show.
But in a sick moment, the news anchor just received multiple emails from viewers who had an issue with the dress she wore while on national TV. Nicole claimed that three women sent her emails complaining that the sight of her baby bump was “offensive.”
With one woman accusing her of wearing a fake baby bump to “boost ratings,” another asking “when will you start wearing dresses fit for pregnancy” and then another from a person telling her to “stop wearing tight dresses — they don’t do you any favors.”
The anchor was shocked by the sudden outpouring of criticism, however, Nicole decided to clap back.
“LET ME SAVE YOU SOME TROUBLE: My email address is [email protected],” she shared in a Facebook post. “But if you’re writing to tell me that you’re offended by the sight of my baby bump, don’t hold your breath waiting for a response. It’s not coming. I wear this dress probably once a month. No one has EVER had a problem with it. Wear it almost 8 months pregnant?? Whoa…disgusting, right? (insert massive eye roll),” Nicole wrote in a Facebook post.
Nicole then addressed the people in her Facebook post: “To Karen, Gene and Sabrina who wrote to me today, use your time better. Pay someone a compliment. Do a good deed,” she wrote.
“You are keeping me motivated through these last 6 weeks. We’re finally in the home stretch! I have had a healthy, comfortable, stress free pregnancy. My husband, son and I are beyond excited to meet our new addition. Thank you for being a part of our journey!” Nicole added.
She also made sure to thank those who had been supportive. “To everyone else who has sent messages of congratulations and well wishes, you are keeping me motivated through these last 6 weeks,” she said.
“We’re finally in the home stretch! I have had a healthy, comfortable, stress free pregnancy. My husband, son and I are beyond excited to meet our new addition. Thank you for being a part of our journey!”
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