It seems that nowadays, 5 minutes can’t pass without someone on Instagram getting accused of doing something. Well, we have another case just like that.
UK size 6 Georgia Gibbs and her size 16 friend Kate Wesley certainly aren’t shy of the camera. The two Australian ladies are models and they’re used to appearing in front of the camera, but a recent post made by Georgia on her Instagram page has sent the world into a frenzy.
After posting the photo on March 12th to their 95k followers, pitchfork-yielding Instagrammers claimed that Gibbs photoshopped her friend to appear bigger so she could appear smaller, and effectively said that skinnier girls can’t be best friends with larger girls.
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
Georgia Gibbs wrote:
We posted this picture, just as best friends going out on the weekend, it got re-posted 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 two were quite surprised by the feedback caused by this photo.
Kate Wasley told Daily Mail Australia:
The fact that a simple picture of two people together went so viral purely because of their body types shocked me.
People aren’t used to seeing girls of different sizes photographed together and being okay with it. It’s not often that a healthy body is marketed to us in all different shapes and sizes.
Wasley explained how the pair are now championing body positivity, continuing:
‘We want girls and women to stop comparing themselves to others because we are all so uniquely beautiful in our own way.
Health is more important than size and healthy bodies come in many different shapes and sizes.
We all have imperfections and things we are insecure about but we are all human and these things are normal and beautiful. They make us who we are.’
‘We have both embraced what we have’, said Wasley, sharing an important message.
Here’s a good idea for those who can’t contain themselves. Respect all body shapes and sizes. At the end of the day, it’s not our bodies that matter. It’s about the health. A person may appear large, but if they’re healthy, then there is absolutely no reason to make fun of the way they look.
Don’t use these people [those who were offended by these models’ post] as an example, is basically what I’m trying to say.