Gillette Venus’ latest social media posts have ignited a debate about fat phobia.
The razor brand recently took to social media to share a photo of plus-size model Anna O’Brien AKA Glitter and Lazers, splashing around in the sea with the caption “Go out there and slay the day.”
But the fact that the influencer isn’t your standard-size model has both angered and delighted people in equal measures.
Go out there and slay the day 💪🏼 📸 Glitter + Lazers pic.twitter.com/cIc0R3JfpR
— Gillette Venus (@GilletteVenus) April 3, 2019
Predictably some just couldn’t cope with O’Brien’s body size and almost immediately after sharing, the razor brand came under fire for “promoting” and “glorifying obesity,” and being accused of “normalising” an unhealthy life.
A quick scroll through the comments on Instagram and Twitter will see everything from debates about whether her shape is causing diabetes and heart disease, to requests for the company to delete the post.
Many also offered their own opinions on Anna’s health and lifestyle.
So where do we draw the line between body positivity and health issues ?
— La_Mitad_mas_uno (@hasabeen) April 5, 2019
Be happy! Even if you pass away from diabeties or heart disease at the age of 45!
— Matthew (@parsons1024) April 7, 2019
But someone’s size shouldn’t stop them from wearing a bikini nor should it stop them removing their body hair (you know if they want to, because if not that’s a whole other debate).
It’s also not possible to glean from just looking at someone exactly how healthy they are.
Thankfully, many people could see this and also hit up the comments in support of Gillette’s decision to use O’Brien, praising her confidence and pointing out that none of us actually know her health history.
Crazy how so many of you in this thread are her doctor! She has a right to exist in her body at any goddamn stage and she shouldn’t have to hide it until you’re comfortable with it. Unbelievable the level of cruelty in this thread.
— The Sassiest Semite (@LittleMissLizz) April 5, 2019
Yall assholes dont care for this womans health, i doubt you even know much about the subject. Yall just dont like to look at her, turn the other way she deserves respect. Bodies like this exist.
— Zelda Spellman (@bethsaiida) April 6, 2019
I just finished uploading super fun spring swim look book that I shot over 2 months in Cuba, Miami, Austin and New Orleans (woah I need to travel less). This was a labor of love and I am super pumped about how it turned out. I have said many times I would live in a swimsuit if I could and these last few weeks I practically have! You can watch the look book by clicking the link in my bio. #plussize #lookbook #fashionblogger #asseenonme #travelholic 📸 @larabellenewyork
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A quick scroll of Anna’s blog and Instagram reveals she herself exercises, practices yoga and goes running which kind of throws off many of the ‘unhealthy life’ promotion accusations.
But even if she were unhealthy, that doesn’t really have much to do with hair removal promotion does it?
In response to the negative vibes Venus stepped in to comment:
“Venus is committed to representing beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and skin types because ALL types of beautiful skin deserve to be shown.
“We love Anna because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the ‘rules’ say she should display it.”
Besides, as a body positive advocate, Anna is quite used to turning a blind eye to body-shaming and has previously revealed that she doesn’t pay much attention to what people say or write about her online.
“Fun fact: I literally do not care what most people think of me,” she wrote in an Insta caption. “There are a few people close to my heart who’s opinions matter, but for the most part my self-perception, is self-generated.”
Venus is committed to representing beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and skin types because ALL types of beautiful skin deserve to be shown. We love Anna because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the “rules” say she should display it 💙
— Gillette Venus (@GilletteVenus) April 4, 2019
It’s the first day of spring and the 4th anniversary of whatever beautiful hot mess Glitterandlazers is. Is this a blog, a vlog, a diary, deep thoughts and fashion shots? It’s been four years and I still struggle to describe what it is I’m doing here. All I know is that I’m making a difference, and even it’s just a tiny nudge in the right direction, I’m content with that. In the spirit of the festivities, I’m taking a celebratory nap. Then, I’m cleaning out my closet to donate to a cause I believe in. I’ve been blessed so much on this journey, it’s a little way I can pass some of that joy onto someone else. I urge you, if you can, to donate clothing. Plus size items are often the most in demand and least often donated. #plussizefashion #anniversary #tropical #flowerpower #miami #spring #thankyou 📸 @larabellenewyork
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It isn’t the first time a row has been sparked about fat phobia. Last year, Cosmopolitan featured plus size model Tess Holliday on their cover and it proved a pretty divisive move.
Piers Morgan was just one of the critics of the cover describing it as “dangerous & misguided,” but Holliday hit back calling Morgan and other body-shaming trolls “horrible people” who shouldn’t “worry about my fat ass.”