Just a few months ago, it seemed as if more and more people were embracing plus size models in the front covers of magazine and runway shows. The world was stunned when plus size model Ashley Graham, best known for her lingerie ads for the clothing store Lane Bryant, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Since then, she has been gracing the covers of various different magazines, the most recent being Maxim’s April Issue. There was major backlash from Graham’s fans after the release of this issue.
Many people claimed that she appeared a lot slimmer in her photo shots in the Maxim issue, than she really is in real life. Graham addressed these comments by raving how proud she was to make history again, as the very first curvaceous women on the cover of Maxim and doesn’t think that her body looked photo shopped. Even with that honor, she continued to be body shamed, most recently by former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs, who vocalized her opinion on girls having to have waists smaller than 35 inches.
Naomi Campbell defended Graham on the radio, stating that Ashley Graham is not fat, and would never comment on someone’s size. “If she’s a beautiful woman, she should be able to model,” which Graham has been doing successful since 2007. All of the hate didn’t slow down her career but only made her grow a thicker skin, not letting these comments about her size get to her.
Ashley Graham isn’t the only one that’s been body shammed. In an interview with Yahoo, an African American woman that goes by the name as Ethel Easter mentioned the “physical, mental and emotional scars,” she received after hearing all of the negative comments made by her doctor and nurses as she was undergoing surgery.
Houston native, Ethel Easter, had broken down in tears after her doctor told her that she would have to wait two months before she could get hernia surgery. Two months felt too long for her as she had been sensing severe pain in her mouth every time she ate. Not comforting her, he said “Who do you think you are? You have to wait just like everybody else.” Just that alone should’ve been a yellow flag for her to leave his office, but she didn’t budge because he was one of the two doctors in her town that was a well experienced surgeon. The other doctor wasn’t so promising.
The cold response from her physician and his tone shook her a bit, causing her to record her surgery, for fear that might go wrong. She wanted the recorder to serve as evidence in court just in case something went terribly wrong during the surgery.
Right before she was put to sleep, she had placed a miniature size tape recorder in her weave, where she later heard all of the rude comments made about her.
“She’s a handful she had some choice words for us in the clinic when we didn’t book her He continued by jokingly stating that he was going call a lawyer and file a complaint.
What shocked her was when she heard disparaging remarks made about her body, with the nurses laughing in the background.
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A woman’s voice was heard on the tape where she said “Did you see her belly button?” followed by laughter.
A male OR staff member said to the anesthesiologist, “Precious meet Precious,”.
“It was Precious meet Precious, as though I was this big fat black woman,” Easter said.”-http://www.fox26houston.com/
The surgeon then stated how bad he felt for Easter’s husband.
“When I heard the comments on the tape and listened to them I was shocked,” said community activist Quanell X. “I had no idea that doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses would carry themselves in this manner in an operating room.”
According to http://www.fox26houston.com/, a spokesman for Harris Health System which oversees the county operated hospitals declined comment citing patient confidentiality laws.”
Like Ashley graham and Ethel Easter, many NCC students have been tormented on their body size.
Megan Smith said “Throughout high school, people would pick on me for not only being short but also a little overweight. I hated that because they didn’t even know me and to make such judgments about me wasn’t right. I got nicknamed “pumpkin,” and “chubby knees.” I tried to go on a diet, which is easier said than done, because soon after losing 15 pounds, I gained it back. I wish I was one of those people that could eat all day without getting fat.”
Joanna Crane said, “I’ve noticed that girls get picked on about their bodies a lot more than boys. That is just not fair, that women are put on this pedestal to always be in shape. For men it’s a different story.”
Brianna Brown said, “Have I been body shammed? Of course, I have. I’m not a twig and I’m not ashamed of how I look. I know I’m beautiful! It took me awhile to become confident in myself. I dated a guy a few years ago that told me that he loved me for me, and didn’t care if I lost weight or remained the size I was then. That type of love is rare, and I can never forget him for being my rock during my dark days of weight insecurities.”
All that matters at the end of the day is being confident in your own skin whether you’re a size 2 or a size 12. Don’t allow people like former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs make you feel like you aren’t attractive if your waist is smaller than 35 inches.
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