Beauty’s always varied depending cultural and social backgrounds and values but today, no one seems to be good enough for anyone. That, added to the oversensitivity that makes people shamers, all the exposure the internet gives, can become both a blessing and a curse.
Now, you’d think think fitness instructors would be off the hook, but that’s not the case. Cassey Ho, the fitness instructor of Blogilates has been shamed for her body since she started sharing her Pilates lessons on YouTube years ago. She's posted about it on her blog but, this time, she opted for a video
"In this video, you will experience what it feels like to be constantly bombarded with outrageous negativity. You will see what it looks like to have your self esteem stripped away. You will read real comments left by real people. You will see me struggle with my own appearance."
She also posted on her Instagram, the photoshopped version of herself as a casual selfie, which lead to reactions that ranged from praising her on her achievements to calling her the "incognito Ana foster child".
What worries me is this:
1. That some people think this is real and that it should be "goals."
2. That some people still think it's not good enough.
We all know body shaming is a real problem. We’ve all been at the receiving end at some point. As such, we should try to keep in mind that the choices people make are that, their choices and should, therefore, be respected.
As a brand, we opt to be respectful, inclusive and keep the conversation open. Also, within our Beauty of the Week (BoW) posts, where we acknowledge what real beauty means to us, we would like to celebrate how valuable Cassey really is. Aside from her physical and career achievements, we admire her courage to stand up to haters, speak up and keep the conversation open.