Bullies have a way of thriving on the internet, so when Sara Petty saw some tweets body-shaming women, she decided to respond in the best possible way – by pointing out that women can wear whatever the hell they want.
19-year-old Sara got sick of seeing cruel comments alongside photos she posted on her Twitter page that showed her wearing leggings, shorts, and a bikini.
The cruel tweets suggested that, should you tip the scales at 200lbs or over (90kg), you should steer clear of bikinis, crop tops, short shorts, and leggings.
The trolls would say things like: “If you’re over 200 pounds, maybe a bikini isn’t for you” or “You over 200 pounds and got the audacity to wear a crop top…”
The audacity? Just wow.
So what did Sara do? She donned every single one of these looks and posted the photos to social media.
Rather than grab the nearest tent to wear, which is presumably what the trolls want, Sara decided to shame the body shamers right back, by posting their comments next to her photos to show their viciousness in full light.
She captioned them: “Girls, wear whatever the hell you want.” YAAAS Sara!
At 180cm and over 90kg, Sara has been the victim of weight jibes before.
Back in February, she tweeted: “To the middle aged man who just laughed at my weight at the scale, I pity you. I’m strong and beautiful and you’re a crusty old ballsack.”
The Public Relations major at Bowling Green State University in Ohio pointed out that the majority of tweets she found, in this case, were from women.
“Girls, stop tearing other girls down. Empower one another” she wrote.
In an interview with Mic, she said:
“It was kind of scary because I knew I could possibly subject myself to a lot more body shaming and hate, but I knew there had to be some empowerment in being vulnerable and proving to myself that no one else’s opinion of my weight matters.” She added that there is a stigma around the 200-pound weight mark, “as if it is some magic number that dictates when a woman can or can’t be attractive.”
Sara also told HuffPost:
“We have a lot going against us as women, we don’t need other women against us, too.
I also hope that girls are able to separate who they are from the number that shows up on the scale, and realize there is no number, high or low, that dictates if you’re worthy of feeling beautiful.
Body-shaming will probably always be there in some way, but I hope my post helps at least some women feel beautiful in spite of it.”