A pair of Insta-famous besties are calling out their body shaming critics in an empowering post to social media.
Bloggers Dani Austin and Sarah Tripp have gained hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, but have each experienced more than their fair share of online hate. Although they have two very different body types, each woman says most of the bullying they experience focuses mainly on their weight.
Earlier this week, Austin and Tripp modelled the same swimsuit and penned a pointed message to their haters with each woman fiercely defending the other.
Austin, who wears a size 0 says she’s often called “anorexic” by online trolls who tell her to “eat a sandwich” and brand her “unhealthy.”
“I’ve been shamed this way for years, but on the other end of the scale,” Tripp wrote. “Strangers online are constantly telling me I’m ‘overweight’ or ‘unhealthy’ or ‘a terrible role model’ because of my size but I know better. Because I know this size 12 body of mine is curvy fit… I know that my self-worth does not depend on the size of my jeans or what other people say about me.”
“Sarah and I believe that we are ALL so much more than what you see on the outside and the truth is, we don’t need the approval of others to find our self worth,” Austin echoed. “The ultimate form of girl power is self-confidence.”
Combined, the pair have nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram, and are determined to create a positive space for people online to embrace their bodies without fear of judgement.
The post has received praise from fans, with many acknowledging their own bias towards people who are naturally thin.
“I guess I don’t think about skinny girls getting body shamed because it’s so often the other way around,” one person wrote. It made me think. I don’t body shame but sometimes my inner ‘bad girl’ thinks about it… I never act on such thoughts because I know it’s out of jealousy that such thoughts are born. So that makes me wonder when people body shame us curvy girls is that born from jealousy also?”
With influencers of various sizes creating content online, some followers note that body diversity can help the way users feel about themselves, both on and offline.
“Honestly one of the best things I did was unfollow accounts that made me feel bad about myself,” a follower wrote to Tripp. “In the last six months I started to follow a lot of accounts that were body positive. A lot of these women have bodies similar to mine, and I have started to feel more confident than I have in my entire life.”