Last year Playboy model Dani Mathers posted a photo to Snapchat body-shaming a fellow gym-goer. Quite rightly Dani received a huge backlash for her mean girl moment. And we hoped the world had learnt its lesson that body shaming is not ok.
But now it’s happened again.
Diana Andrews, an Insta-famous body builder from London, recently shared a photo of a women working out at the gym to her Instagram Stories. The image, taken from behind, shows a woman running on the treadmill with the text “love handles” emblazoned below her hips.
As if that wasn’t enough. The next slide of the story contained the words “I bet she’s ordering burgers for delivery”.
Thankfully, Diana’s followers were quick to show their dislike of the unpleasant incident.
“This is a disgraceful act of body shaming that has been posted on social media for thousands to see,” one woman wrote on Facebook.
“So disappointed in your behaviour. You should be encouraging gym-goers as a bodybuilder yourself but you fat shame,” another woman tweeted.
“Another day, another woman body shaming another woman for trying to better herself,” read another tweet.
Diana later apologised on Snapchat and said she “deeply regrets” sharing the video in a post posted on her Facebook page, which now appears to have been deleted along with Diana’s other social media channels.
An excerpt from her post read:
“I saw this girl walking on the treadmill talking on her phone and I made a video and added a comment that she’s probably ordering take away.”
“The whole point of this video was that she’s using her phone while on the treadmill. The whole story was turned upside down by taking a screenshot and adding comments that I’m body shaming this woman. I would never do this, it’s not who I am”.
Whether it was her out and out intention to fat-shame her fellow gym-goer or it was just an ill-judged moment of madness, both this and last year’s other viral gym-shaming incident are proof that we’ve still got a long way to go in the fight to ban the body-shaming.
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