ThInner Beauty, is a website where people willingly send in their photos to be slimmed down so they can ‘inspire’ change.
“Here at ThInnerBeauty we provide people with visible, achievable health goals,” says the page description on Reddit. “We do this by showing how much more beautiful they could look if they made the difficult, lifelong commitment to a regimen of personal fitness. This is a place where we can manipulate photos to highlight the difference between how they are and how they could be.”
But all is not as innocent as it seems as Project Harpoon, a Facebook page has succeeded in incensing the online community, by taking pictures of plus sized people and celebrities and using photoshop to slim them down and show them how they could look. The latest in ‘fat shaming’ slander.
The surreptitious posting of photos without the owners consent is another exercise in trolling which aims to cause anger and indignity and perpetuate the idea of the perfect body.
Tess Holliday, a leading advocate of banishing “impossible beauty standards”, was also a target, and has spoken to E! News about her feelings towards the movement. She said: “It’s abominable that this [Facebook page] is using my image without permission to promote themselves.
“I am asking my followers to boycott this [page] and any others like it. Loving yourself is the most powerful message we all need to stand behind.”
The Facebook page has now been shut down, but its just another lesson in how ugly the internet can be.