Instagram model digitally alters herself to make a scary point about body shaming
It cannot be doubted that the establishment of Instagram as a social media platform has led to the rise of the body-positivity movement. The movement, which has grown rapidly over the course of a few short years, is teaching a predominantly female audience to embrace their 'flaws' and their curves. There are multiple women who are at the forefront of the movement, with Iskra Lawrence and Ashley Graham being two of the leading lights.
Chessie King is another prominent figure in the movement, with the former-bodybuilder deciding to take a step back from the demanding world of weightlifting and learn to love herself in a more natural way.
The model-cum-presenter has grown a huge following on Instagram due to her messages of positivity and self-acceptance, with her also calling out body-shamers and trolls who decide to verbally abuse her for her appearance.
"THIS IS ME. THIS IS MY BODY. No flattering angles, no flattering lighting, just me & my body feeling on top of the world," Chessie wrote in one inspiring caption;
"We all have days where we feel super duper good but we don’t share them enough. I want YOU to feel confident enough to dance around in your underwear & embrace any wobble you have!
"A few years ago I would never have posted this, all I cared about back then was being the leanest I could, going to the gym as many times as I could a week & counting every calorie I ate.
"Even at my smallest, when I was training the most & eating the least, I just wanted to cover up my body because it wasn’t my idea of ‘perfect’.
"Now my priority is to be happy & comfortable in my own skin, & today I appreciate my body & what it does for me.
"We were not made to be Barbie dolls who LOOK insanely good 24/7, we were made to be HUMAN & we should all be allowed to FEEL insanely good 24/7.
"Come at me keyboard warriors, you can say what you want but nothing will knock me down."
Such is the 24-year-old's influence on the world of social media, she has now teamed up with the anti-cyberbullying organisation Cybersmile, to prove how ridiculous the trolls are. In a new video, Chessie digitally alters her body depending on what the trolls are saying to her.
The final result is the stuff of nightmares and is not only harrowing to behold but shows how ridiculous some of the insults thrown her way really are. Chessie captioned the video:
"If we changed our body for every troll, listened to every cyber bully, we would be monsters.
"Whether you have 23 followers or 3 million, NO ONE should have to deal with regular hate online."
Chessie's visualisations really drill home how outlandish and disgusting some of the comments from trolls can be. Why people feel the need to comment on someone else's body, I'm not too sure. Live and let live, that's what I say.