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A swimsuit model had a fierce response to critics who body-shamed her New York Fashion Week debut

INSIDER logoINSIDER 9/15/2017 (Susanna Heller)

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  • Lauren Chan, an editor at Glamour magazine, modeled in Chromat's swimsuit and activewear show during New York Fashion Week.
  • When Chan posted a picture from the show to her personal Instagram, she was body-shamed by trolls.
  • "It wasn't just negativity like, 'I don't like your swimsuit and I don't like the way you look,'" Chan told Yahoo Style of the now-deleted comments.
  • Chan shut down the haters with a heated post to social media. 
  • "WOMEN 👏🏼 LIKE 👏🏼 ME 👏🏼 ARE 👏🏼 NOT 👏🏼 HERE 👏🏼 FOR 👏🏼 YOUR 👏🏼 S---. We are not here to be policed," she wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.

Usually, you can spot Lauren Chan behind the scenes working as the fashion features director at Glamour magazine. But on September 8, Chan took to the runway herself, modeling in Chromat's swimsuit and activewear show during New York Fashion Week.

At first, Chan had a positive experience walking in the show. But after sharing an Instagram photo that shows her wearing a swimsuit on the runway, Chan claims that she was body-shamed by online bullies in the comments. 

The magazine editor crafted the perfect response to the comments on her photo, which we first saw on Yahoo Style.

© Instagram @lcchan "My whole body of work as an editor is focused on redefining the social norms about size and on making women feel valued no matter what they look like," Chan wrote in the caption.

Chan, who previously worked as a "plus-sized" model represented by Ford Models, wrote that this was her first time being criticized for her body in a professional setting.

"I have never been attacked for putting my plus-size model friends in the pages (and on the cover) of Glamour. Not once have I received hateful letters for writing critiques on the fashion industry's sizeism. And no one threatened me personally when I made clothing up to size 28 or helped designers launch plus sizes," she wrote in her post. "But once I had the *audacity* to get my size 16 a-- in a swimsuit and walk a runway...well...the negative comments (which were mostly from men) were so bad that Glamour spoke out against them publicly."

Chromat and Glamour magazine also shared Chan's post and several other photos praising her. However, those posts also apparently received negative comments.

It appears that Chan has deleted most of the body-shaming comments from her personal Instagram account. Representatives from Chromat and Glamour also appear to have removed the negative comments left on images of Chan uploaded to the brands' respective accounts.

While the comments don't seem to be visible online anymore, Chan opened up about them to Yahoo Style.

"It wasn’t just negativity like, 'I don’t like your swimsuit and I don’t like the way you look.' Not to give these words power by repeating them, but they were comments about me, my character, my health," Chan told Yahoo Style. "They were really aggressive and vile. They were all from locked profiles, and most of them were men. That particular pattern really jarred me as a feminist."

However, it wasn't all negative. The remaining comments on Chan, Glamour, and Chromat's posts are resoundingly positive. "Gorgeous. I'm massively happy models are all shapes and sizes now," one person wrote in response to Chan's post. "I love this so so much, we need more body diversity all you girlies were so so so beautiful!" someone else agreed.

Cindi Leive, the editor in chief of Glamour, also spoke out in support of Chan on Instagram

© Instagram @cindi_leive "What do you see when you look at this picture? I see a talented fashion writer, former varsity athlete, and most of all a HUMAN," Leive wrote. "But when I posted a picture of Lauren proudly strutting down the runway at Friday's @chromat show (swipe to see), I was at first startled and then nauseated by some of the comments—too insulting to legitimize by repeating here, but vile and humiliating."

Although it can be dehumanizing and upsetting to be targeted by trolls, Chan told Yahoo that she was proud to take a stand for what she believes in. 

"Becca McCharen-Tran the designer [of Chromat] is a dear friend of mine, and for the past few seasons she’s been joking to me, 'Lauren, you should really consider walking in our show,'" Chan said. "This time around, I decided to take her up on it. I really felt like this season was pivotal in change for plus-size models and people of different sizes as a whole. I felt like now was the time to practice what I preach."

You can read Chan's full post here.

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