you all can be super cruel lmao.
take it from someone who has been on both sides of the spectrum, i was a plump (fat, even, definitely) kid and then developed an eating disorder (and anxiety disorder) in my teens and dropped a fuckton of weight in a very short period of time a few years ago after going through severe repercussions from my ptsd.
while i don't agree with robyn's message here in particular, and agree with what clauds and whoever else were saying about not minding the idealised bodies at vsfs, some of you are being very purposefully obtuse about the state of the world. when i was fat, a severe health problem of mine wasn't diagnosed, which is very common. my eating disorder, a real, debilitating disease, (which i still feel the effects of, why do you think i'm into the twig thin kpop girls?) was celebrated because it meant i wasn't fat anymore. societal expectations have lead people to prefer thin bodies. i definitely prefer thin bodies. most people do. but you cannot argue that thin people have suffered the same mental and physical abuses as fat / obese ones have. stores like lane bryant (is that what it's called?) or simply be in the uk are necessary because every other store refuses to stock larger sizes even as they become the new standard, especially in the us. when i was fat i dreaded shopping because i would be relegated to the ugly sections. i didn't understand why they couldn't just make the same clothes in bigger sizes. it's like how people have made clubs just for women -- because there are already clubs just for men. in an idealised world everyone shares everything, but when the biggest h&m on the high street goes is a 14, the void is going to be filled. when vs don't do sizes bigger than a dd cup, the void is going to be filled and those women are going to be catered to and whinging about it when you're thin makes no sense because you're already catered to everywhere else.
you all talk about how unhealthy kelly is, and i agree, she seems to have orthorexia, but then turn around and share comments calling robyn a pig? that made me feel like shit and my ed's been in recovery for four years now. calling people pigs is dehumanising and disgusting, and just because you disagree with them?
i still believe that the vsfs is exclusive and idealised but i used to use candice's arms as thinspo, and if models are developing body image and exercise and eating disorders whilst working for them, then what the fuck is happening to consumers? take two seconds to think and try to understand where fat people come from. i do, especially cause i was fat. it's tempting now to say 'this isn't my fight anymore' but with my ed, it absolutely is, and i owe it to the bullied child i was as a kid.
don't make this place like skinny gossip. we all have a responsibility to make others feel loved and accepted regardless of their body type, which is what robyn was getting at, i think. shame them for views that demonise thin women or contribute to their eating disorders, but don't shame them for factors they may not be able to control. it's that easy. kindness is so easy.