10 Badass Women Who Made 2016 Better By Clapping Back at Body-Shaming Haters
Earlier this year, Jana Shortel became one of the first news reporters to talk about Danny Heinrich's grueling confession about Jacob Wetterling. As she covered the heartbreaking news, rather than focusing on her words, people began body shaming her for the outfit she wore on TV, which commenters deemed "inappropriate" and "hipster".
"You wrote about clothes in the darkest moment of Minnesota news history," Shortel wrote in a Facebook post. "Maybe I can break more than the news. Maybe I can break the mold of what a woman on television is supposed to look like." And that she did.
While out by the pool with her 4-month-old son, Lexi Sinclair was approached by a woman who told her it wasn't "appropriate for a mother" to wear a bikini. The young mom was taken aback and hurt, but decided that no one would stop her from owning her body.
"I'm proud of my body," she wrote in a Facebook post. "In just one year I've gained 50 pounds, and lost 37. I've grown a human and given birth to a beautiful miracle. My stretch marks and tummy pudge might not be sexy. But they're proof that I've done something amazing, and I have a man that loves me and finds me even sexier and more beautiful now."
Her post garnered thousands of likes and inspired women, especially moms, around the country.
This 28-year-old mom was out on a run when a man interrupted her by saying: "Hey, not for nothing, but you need a new sports bra. Your boobs are sagging."
Shocked and humiliated, the mom took to Facebook to express her rage. "You are the reason why women have insecurities," she wrote addressing the nasty old man. "If you don't like the way my boobs 'sag' when I run, then don't look! I will NEVER stop doing what I love and I love myself way to much to have your hate bring me down!" Mic drop.
When Harriet Rae went shopping at her local drugstore she overheard two female employees making rude comments about her shorts and her appearance. Rather than issuing a formal complaint, Rae decided to address the issue via a powerful post to her Facebook.
"Don't worry, I heard the comments you made to each other about my appearance and my shorts," she wrote. "Some people's skin isn't as thick as mine has become and the next person's might be very thin indeed. So in response to your comments, I send back some love." Her words gained international attention and she even got an apology from the drugstore as a consolation.
This brave woman called out her employers for telling her she was dressed inappropriately because of her chest size. "I felt humiliated and discriminated against due to my figure," she wrote in a Facebook post."I was singled out and it is unfair to say I cannot wear a tank top and other women can! Different figures means different rules?"
Her post went viral reminding everyone that different figures shouldn't warrant different dress code rules because at the end of the day, a woman can't control her body type.
This mom-of-two was utterly shocked when she received an anonymous letter mocking both her weight and her choice to wear leggings every day. While the thought of never wearing leggings again crossed her mind, she decided to brave it out, and put a pair on for work the next day.
To her surprise, nearly every one of her colleagues decided to wear leggings to show their support. Markland shared her story on Facebook and inspired women around the country to not let haters have the last say.
Beauty blogger Cailey Darling posted a photo of herself on Instagram rocking a swimsuit and was almost instantly body shamed for her appearance. The next day she stood up for herself by posting another swimsuit photo with an important message for her haters.
"Once I started actively trying not to judge others based on appearances, I slowly started to see beauty in the people around me," she wrote. "Soon enough, I could look at a body like mine and see beauty where society told me I wouldn't find it."
This TV presenter was trolled on Instagram for looking "too manly" because of her muscles and was told that lifting was only meant for guys. Earlier this year, she took to Instagram to set the record straight.
"I can't remember the last time the thought of 'will this be attractive to so and so' crossed my mind in relation to myself — let alone to me lifting weight," she wrote. "I love me so much and that's all that matters." Her post provided huge inspiration to women who've been shamed for their fit and toned figures. Truth be told, when it comes to your body, you're the one in control, not the trolls on the internet.
Liz Krueger couldn't believe the amount of bullying she received for wearing a bodycon dress to her friend's wedding earlier this year. "If only I knew that choosing this dress for a wedding on a 90-degree day meant so many women would be outrightly rude to me, and even come up behind me [and] slap my ass as I'm standing alone," the 31-year-old fitness coach wrote in an Instagram post.
Her message encouraged women to stand strong and fight off body-shaming haters by "killing them with kindness" because sometimes that's the only way how.
In the beginning of 2016, beauty vlogger Shiann Friesen posted a video to YouTube talking about being body shamed by a Walmart employee. This person asked her not to try on clothes because she might "stretch" them.
"I just want you guys to know nobody has the right to discriminate against you," Friesen said in her message. "And if that happens you need to be vocal about it and stand up for yourself because not only are you standing up for yourself as a person, but you're standing up for human beings in general."
Her words really resonated with her fans and women who struggle with body image. She reminded everyone that it's important to stand your ground and fight for what you deserve.