This Plus-Size Model Stood Up to a Body Shamer On Her Flight
And she posted his "defense" on Facebook.
Thanks to the body positive movement, it seems that modern society is more accepting of different shapes and sizes than ever-but make no mistake, we've still got a lot of work to do. Case in point, plus-size model Natalie Hage shared her experience of being fat-shamed on a plane on Instagram, reminding everyone that everyday body-shaming is still alive and well.
Here's what happened: When Hage sat down, she noticed the man sitting next to her "LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat." She noticed him trying to hide his texts from her, so she took a photo of his screen, read the conversation, and found he was complaining about sitting next to her and joking that he would leave a "neck mark on the window." Hage posted the photo to Instagram to recount the experience.
Hage knew that just like an internet troll her fellow passenger was writing things he wouldn't say to her face, and she didn't let him send the texts without answering for it. At the end of the flight, she confronted him about the messages and recorded their conversation in a video that she later posted to Facebook. Taken by surprise, he denied the texts, then apologized. He then implied she shouldn't sit in the exit row because she wouldn't be able assist people in an emergency. Hage told him she works out five times a week (thankyouverymuch), her body is none of his business (preach), and he shouldn't treat someone else the same way in the future.
"We HAVE to talk about how fatphobia seeps into so many parts of our lives. we HAVE to remember to stand up for ourselves and others who maybe can't do it for themselves."