There’s a new girl in town calling out the body-shamers, the slut-shamers and the internet trolls.
Sure, she may not’ve been everyone’s cup of tea in the Bachie house, but ever since leaving the show, Abbie Chatfield has been nothing but a powerful voice for women, telling us to own who we are and be who we want to be.
In her most recent Insta post, Abbie exposes the trolls who left comments on un-edited bikini photos of her in the Daily Mail. (Abbie, if you’re reading this, you gotta stop reading that sh**. Read us instead?)
“How the F*** are people supposed to love themselves when people in the public eye of ALL sizes are being ridiculed for having normal bodies?” she asks.
Among the negative comments, “burn that swimsuit immediately! And unless you are a supermodel, don’t wear a thong!”, “she’s fat!” and “geez, leave some pies for the rest of us!”
Abbie explains that while “it sucks to read” these comments, they don’t affect her because she is “grateful” for her body. “What really concerns me is that people who aren’t as comfortable in themselves as I am will read this and internalise the views of others.”
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“STOP commenting on women’s bodies and debating whether or not we are allowed to wear bikinis,” she continues. “It isn’t your place. I’m a 24-year-old who is healthy, happy and comfortable.”
She encourages everyone to call out people who comment negatively on women’s bodies.
“Let me live in my exercises-four-days-a-week-but-also-loves-carbonara rig and leave me in peace,” Abbie tells her trolls. “Not for my sake, but for the sake of the mental health of the general public.”
This isn’t the first time she’s called out body-shamers either. Remember this glorious post?
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Which do you prefer to see on your feed? Something edited so much that it doesn’t even resemble me , or something REAL? When I first uploaded this photo, I got comments and DMs commenting on my body. People were saying things like “you need a new photographer”, “you should have been photoshopped”, ”you’re much prettier than this”, “you look pregnant”. Honestly? This photo looks like me, and it’s taken me a long time to accept my body for how it is at any given moment. When I was sent this photo I thought “I look so happy! That was such a fun day”, not “XYZ needs to be flatter/bigger/tighter/smoother” like I used to. To have people comment on my body in such a way truly upsets me and makes me realise we have such a long way to go. I am just a normal gal, I have cellulite and stretch marks and miss spots shaving, my body isn’t perfect, it looks different from different angles and can fluctuate day to day. Can we PLEASE stop normalising photoshop and photo editing? I understand the temptation when all of your favourite influencers look 10/10 all the time, but if we all use editing apps, it becomes the standard, and then when we see an unedited photo, we don’t see the beauty, only the imperfections.
“I am just a normal gal. I have cellulite and stretch marks and miss spots shaving. My body isn’t perfect,” Abbie writes as she reminds us how photoshopped so many images are these days.
And you know what? It’s nice to hear someone in the public eye stand up for the rest of us with carbonara-loving-minimal-exercising rigs. It’s empowering to know that Abbie doesn’t give a f*** what people say about her and neither should we.
In this world of Insta fame and perfectly Facetuned bodies, Abbie is the friend we need, reminding us to love ourselves, just as we are.
Read Abbie’s full post below:
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Okay… I’ve wanted to go a week without a rant but this just never stops and if I see this behaviour and don’t call it out, I am complicit. Here are some photos that were taken of me a few weeks ago on a day at the beach. I was in new bikinis that I bloody love, I didn’t bother fake tanning the night before and I was just having a good fucking time. I look at these photos and think “doll, you should have gotten the Bondi sands out” but… it just looks like my normal body. Not going to frame these bad boys but I certainly didn’t cringe when I saw them. I was sent a link to a Daily Mail article with these photos. Out of curiosity, I looked at the comments. (Keep scrolling to see) and… Holy. Fucking. Shit. Body shaming, Slut shaming, Sexism. These comments don’t necessarily affect me, it sucks to read, but I remember that I am grateful for my body and all that it does for me, and I move on. What really concerns me is that people who aren’t as comfortable in themselves as I am will read this and internalise the views of others. I’m a size 8, I am the size that is SUPPOSED to be conventionally “attractive” (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN BUT OK). How the FUCK are people supposed to love themselves when people in the public eye of ALL sizes are being ridiculed for having normal bodies. I am at the end of my tether with this. STOP commenting on women’s bodies and debating whether or not we are ~allowed~ to wear bikinis. It isn’t your place. I’m a 24 year old who is healthy, happy and comfortable. Why does that irritate people? Let me live in my exercises-four-days-a-week-but-also-loves-carbonara rig and leave me in peace. Not for my sake, but for the sake of the mental health of the general public. Also, if you see this on the Internet or hear about it in person say something. I truly believe people feel it’s okay to say these things because they see others doing it and everyone around them remaining silent. Over it. I’ve lost sleep over this rage so I’m going to treat myself to another bikini that shows off my awful figure. 🖕🏻💅🏻 Ps follow @i_weigh for more body positivity ❤️