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This Model Was Accused of Body-Shaming Her BFF

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 3/20/2017 Elizabeth Narins

Why People Are Celebrating This Size-6 Model Accused of Body-Shaming Her Size-16 BFF © Instagram/ @any.body_co Why People Are Celebrating This Size-6 Model Accused of Body-Shaming Her Size-16 BFF Evidently, when two women stand side by side, it can be hard not to compare them and assume they secretly wish the worst for each other: It's why one commenter accused size-6 model Georgia Gibbs, who recently posed next to her BFF, Kate Wasley, a size-16 model, in a photo she posted on Instagram, of editing the photo to flatter herself:

Where it all started ^ We posted this picture online, just as best friends going out on the weekend, it got reposted a lot and the controversy started.. You have photoshopped yourself thinner or your friend bigger, what kind of friend are you? Was one of the comments, it broke my heart because Kate and I are best friends why would I do that? The fact that a simple picture of two people together went so viral purely because of their body types shocked me... and @any.body_co was created because no one should have to deal with that and it shouldn't even be acknowledged, all I see here is two women.. not one "skinny" woman and one "curvy" woman, stop comparing everyone to each other and accept every person as beautiful in their own right. #loveanyBODY

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But not everyone is a mean girl. "It broke my heart because Kate and I are best friends, why would I do that?" Georgia wrote in the caption.

Still, Kate and Georgia were appalled by the implication that friends should give AF about each other's size or their own. So the Australian BFFs decided to team up: Just over a week ago, they launched a joint Instagram account (@any.body_co, featuring photos taken by Chris Mohen, @ChrisMohen) as proof that women of any size can live their best lives without competition.

Tag who this reminds you of? πŸ‘―β€#Friendshipgoals #LoveAnyBODY #healthy #natural

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The duo's response has really turned the conversation around, and it doesn't hurt that their body positivity (and A+ bikini-clad photos taken on beautiful beaches) has helped them rack up nearly 56,000 followers in record time.

After all, things could have spiraled the way they did when Chontel Duncan, the fit trainer who posted a photo of her pregnant belly next to that of her shorter, more pregnant client.Β 

I was surprised with a cute visit today from a friend Nat who is also expecting πŸ’• Just being able to see someone in the flesh, rub her tummy, hear how incredible her journey has been so far, how healthy baby is & all the fun talk about kicks, food, names etc was beautiful. This is Nat's 3rd pregnancy so she had a lot of great advice to share ☺️ It's very clear in this photo just how tall I am, I mean my chin sits above Nat's head lol We worked out that we are 4 weeks apart, so our little ones will be the same age, same grade at school and potential best buds hehehehe..... Nat's due start of March & I'm due end of March. Each women carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy etc. We both have healthy growing babies & we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing & full of energy. #21.5weeks #expecting #march2016 #pregnant #love #happiness #Babyduncan

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Similarly to Kate and Georgia, Chontel's story went viral for all the wrong reasons. Chontel was bullied terribly for posting the photo in the first place, since people assumed that she only did it to make herself look extra sexy by comparison. Things only got worse when she shared a selfie taken days after giving birth with a post-pregnancy body that most women can only dream of, and people harassed her for failing to support her baby's head. She just couldn't get a break.

It's worth noting that internet trolls aren't always the culprits when it comes to comparison: Consider KhloΓ© Kardashian, who's spoken openly about the struggle of out-sizing her sisters as a child.

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Things could have been much easier for KhloΓ© had she looked at herself as an individual without the context of her sisters' sizes. (And that's coming from a fellow "fat sister" raised in a three-daughter family, FWIW - so I feel you, girl.)

The common thread in all these scenarios is the persistent culture of comparison. Inevitably, it leads to body-shaming others or yourself. Whether you're looking at your own before-and-after photos, scrutinizing your features and flaws versus those of celebrities, or zooming in on squad photos to see whose skinny arm is skinniest, it simply has to end. Trust that spending less effort sizing yourself up will help you focus on things that actually matter: Not your bodies, but whether you're smiling ... or duck-facing or fish-gaping, if that's what makes you happy.

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