There’s a lot of body shaming going on, but overweight and obese people aren’t the only brunt of it: Skinny girls get shamed too. Need proof? Look no further than Kendall Jenner, who is as sick of being criticized for being a skinny girl as her sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian are for being so curvy (or “kurvy,” as it were).
Kendall vented in a new interview that she’s pretty spent with being targeted for being thin. “I’m constantly criticized for being too skinny,” she lamented. “I’m trying to gain weight but my body won’t let it happen. What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat. It’s not a nice feeling.”
And she’s absolutely right.
I’m definitely not one of those “Hollywood skinny” girls, but I am one of the thinner gals in my family (and hardly even–I just have a small waist and dress for my shape), and I’ve gotten flak for it too: “Oh, I don’t think she eats.” Like, dude. Seriously? On top of how rude that is in general, it also shows that these people aren’t observant: I eat constantly (often candy) and I have a big behind. I don’t look like I’m starving. And neither does Kendall!
The truth is, skinny girls have it hard too, because dealing with comments like that and trying to prove to people that you do in fact have an appetite is exhausting. Just like it’s not okay to shame overweight or obese people–because it’s damaging to self-esteem and body image, it’s impolite, it’s inhumane and it’s just tacky–it shouldn’t be okay to attack anyone for being slender, either.
Here’s why: If someone actually does have an eating disorder (and lots of girls do), do you think pointing out how skinny they are is going to help them? If someone is already insecure enough about her body–as a lot of girls are–do you think pointing out what you perceive to be a flaw is going to help her get through that?
Obviously, I get why it’s tough to be like, “Aw, that poor pretty girl! She’s a model! Her life must be so hard!” I know. But think of it this way: Imagine you’re looking at skinny girls like Kendall in a magazine and you yelp out, “She’s too skinny!” Would it sound cruel to replace the same word with “fat?” Yes. Would it sound nonsensical to replace that same word with “gorgeous?” Yes (because can anyone other than maybe Chris Hemsworth or Harry Styles really be too gorgeous?). So your best bet is to steer clear altogether.
Skinny girls, average girls and big girls all have hang ups. Instead of pointing them out and dwelling on them, just focus on you and what makes you beautiful, unique and awesome in your own way. And yes, I did just quote One Direction on purpose.
Do you think skinny girls get too much positive or negative attention? Do you think skinny girls have to deal with a lot of body shaming? Do you think skinny girls get more or less flak for their weight than bigger girls? Tell us in the comments!