And it might be the best response yet
In a world where health, fitness and bodies come in all shapes and sizes, there’s another group of so-called body shamers who have one set of standards — that’s it. You’re either too tall, too short, too skinny, too fat, and it’s this type of labelling that we’re seeing (or reading about) nearly Every.Single.Day.
For super-leggy and lean Aussie #fitspo sensation, Sjana Elise Earp, she’s all too familiar with these types of negative body remarks, but in a recent video out of Cosmopolitan Body, she’s fought back at her haters, with a response that is so perfectly spot-on.
“I am so much more than a body, I know that. I’m not defined by numbers or by other people’s opinions of me. And the body I have, as imperfect or as skinny or as gross as people may think it is, is my imperfect body. And I’m happy with it the despite their irrelevant opinions,” she says during her yoga sequence. “I have never and will never suggest that other people should aspire to have my body.”
She then ends with this: “You’re a soul with a body, not a body with a soul.”
Earp is just one of the many #fitspo Instagrammers/models/athletes/celebrities that are receiving hate messages for the way they look. From Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigan to our very own Bridget Malcolm and Kayla Itsines, it’s so common now, that there may as well be a hashtag for it. Some of these woman are admittedly smaller than others, but what we know (or should know) is skinny doesn’t necessarily mean not-strong. They’re publically putting themselves out there because they are proud of who they are and what they do – so who is anyone to judge?
Kayla Itsines recently told us that, woman are strong in so many different ways. “People say to me — do you lift heavy weights? And I always say, what do you class as heavy? Because what might be really light to me could be really heavy to someone else and vice versa. Your strength doesn’t come from what you can lift on the outside. Your strength comes from the inside first and then out. Actually, the first person to call me weak was my grandpa. I told him I wanted to be a personal trainer and he told me I was too weak because I was a girl and I couldn’t lift weights. I said, yes I can. Strength comes from within. Women are strong in different ways,” she said.
And earlier this week we saw yoga girl, Kerri Verna also fight back to her body haters: “Women OF ALL SIZES need to LOVE their bodies and wear white shorts if you want to! If you like it, wear it … NEVER let anyone’s opinion make you feel bad or shameful about your body.”