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This woman's side-by-side photo shows that body shaming is damaging no matter your size

INSIDER logoINSIDER 2 days ago edinuzzo@businessinsider.com (Emily DiNuzzo)
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Chessie King posted two pictures of herself to make a powerful statement about how body shaming can happen at any size — and is always unacceptable.

  • Chessie King recently shared a side-by-side photo on Instagram. 
  • She captioned one photo "too fat" and the other "too thin." 
  • King's post shows that body shaming is unacceptable at every size.        
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From family members to gyms, body-shaming is widespread. But so are body-positive messages on social media.  

Chessie King is one Instagrammer who isn't shy about sharing her thoughts on everything from body-positivity to the "perfection-trap" of Instagram. The 24-year-old recently shared a side-by-side photo of herself at two different weights to discuss why body-shaming is inappropriate no matter your body type.

In one image, King wore shorts with a T-shirt and captioned the photo "too thin." In the other photo, King wore green pants with a white tank and captioned it "too fat." 

HOW IS BODYSHAMING STILL HAPPENING? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I hate giving negative comments air time but it infuriates me to see ‘you’re too fat to wear those trousers’ on a recent post of mine. It doesn’t upset me AT ALL it just makes me angry that there are still humans out there that feel the need to comment on someone’s body in a negative way. When I was the size I was in the left photo I had people telling me I was ‘too thin’ & ‘needing feeding up’. It is unacceptable either way, ‘too thin’ or ‘too fat’ 🙅🏼 I use my platform to support girls & guys from all ages, I share my stories, I tell my journey & I try to help people. I have never once scrolled down my Instagram feed & thought ‘oh she’s too thin’ or ‘she’s too fat’, I don’t know how people can even think in such a derogatory way. Let’s put an end to this & let’s start talking more positively about the qualities in someone that actually mean something. What about calling someone kind, loving, brave, clever...? And last thing, PLEASE promise me, you will never ever ever let a negative comment like that get to you because it is a waste of time & you are SO much better than that 💃🏼

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INSIDER reached out to King for comment but had not heard back at the time of publication. 

I LOVE EXPLORING A BRAND NEW CITY 💃🏼 My favourite places so far for any of you wanting to get lost in Barcelona: • Brunch & cake 🍰 for the yummiest breakfast/brunch • Flax & Kale for the most amazing plant based lunch 🥒🥕🌽🍆🥑 • Going on the cable car over to the massive hill & exploring the gardens • Park Güell for the most amazing mosaic architecture • Paradiso/Pastrami for a secret bar full of wonders • Mojito club for salsa & flamenco dancing 🔥 • Soho House to stay 💛 MORE TO COME... None of these were free or a paid collaboration, @samanthaclinch & I have paid for every single thang & have had such a beautiful time together. I love youuuuuu 🦄🌈

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The post has received more than 26,000 likes and comments mostly from people who love King's message of body positivity for all bodies.

"Beautiful either way because you are a human and radiate positivity, that is the important part," one person wrote. "I think you look great and have a really honest and refreshing presence and I've no doubt you are having a tremendously positive influence on insta and beyond," another commenter said. 

SATURDAY... We made it 💛 A week of recovering, easing back into things, no training, eating very simply to rebalance my tumtummm & doing everything to avoid secondary infection! Feelin' guuuuud. Have the most beautiful weekend, listen to your body, if you're feeling a little run down, give yourself time until Monday (& all the 🍿) Remember YOU have control over your life, no one else. If you don't want to go out out, say NO! If you want to try something different GO DO IT! I wish I could squeeze you all & give you the biggest hug 💃🏼

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