A PAIR of best friends who posted a snap of themselves side by side were shocked when trolls body-shamed both for completely different reasons.
Georgia Gibbs, a size 6, and Kate Wasley, size 16, have received a torrent of abuse and been called “too fat, too thin, too curvy” or even “too muscular”.
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The pair went viral on social media in January this year, after posting a side-by-side snap from Sydney Harbour.
But they were shocked by the backlash, with some accusing Georgia of “photoshopping” the image so she appeared smaller than Kate.
On person wrote: “It looks like you’ve dragged your stomach inward slightly pulling your friend’s stomach outwards.
“It could just be the angle you’re at, but I can see why people think it’s photoshopped 100%. Sorry but I’m not sorry.”
Speaking to news.com.au, the girls said they were “surprised” by the initial reaction to the photo — but said they have been criticised for their bodies throughout their life.
Model Georgia, who lives in London, said: “I’ve had every opinion on my body you can imagine.”
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“One client said I’m too big and that same day, one said I’m too small, yet one client was for swim and the other was for lingerie.”
Kate added: “People might say Georgia is anorexic, and that (it’s) great to use a real woman like me.
“But then on another page, there’s all these comments saying I’m obese and unhealthy.”
The trolling has inspired the girls — both from Perth in Australia — to start AnyBody Co, which they hope will promote body acceptance, and stop people from placing so much value on appearance.
How beautiful is this to see? Girls embracing themselves & their friends for who they are! We LOVE what our movement has helped create and we want to see more! So If you didn’t see our story earlier, we want to support one another and make social media a #BODYPOSITIVE, empowering community for ALL. ✨- post a selfie with one thing (or as many as you like) that you love about yourself, tag one friend to do it too and #LoveYourSelfie & @any.body_co WE WILL BE REPOSTING ALL WEEK ?
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Kate told People magazine they hoped to “change society’s beauty standards”.
She added: “After reading comments and questions from people I know, one of the most common was ‘Don’t you ever feel self-conscious being the bigger one?’
“We want to change society’s beauty standards that smaller is better, when in reality neither is better than the other. We think your health and wellbeing should be the priority.”
Earlier this month, researchers at University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Health Research looked at public health records of 3.5 million Brits over a 20-year period and concluded that people who are overweight but “fit”, are actually not healthy at all.
Regram from our girl @georgiagibbs_ ? Our biggest mission for all of you amazing, intelligent, charismatic, empathetic, determined, woman boss’s out there is to help you #QuitTheComparisons ?? BODY, LIFESTYLE, BACKGROUND Whatever it is, social media isn’t real life, don’t compare yourself, you’re better than that and let’s be honest even my photos are my BEST ONES or from shoots and I’m not a superhuman and I catch myself being like “I wish I looked like, or I wish I had what she..” you get me.. but, you are so so special and we want to help you all realise that. Tell a friend one thing you LOVE about them or pick up the phone and tell them yourself? Let’s start the conversation about how INDIVIDUALLY GREAT we ALL are ☀️ #LoveAnyBODY #PerthGirls #WomenEmpowerWomen #GoodVibesonly @any.body_co ❤️
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It found that those the so-called “metabolically healthy obese” — those who are obese but not suffer from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — still have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to people who are of a “normal” weight.
But Kate has dismissed the findings as “stupid” saying she’s never been healthier than she is today.
“I’ve been so many different sizes and I can tell you now I am so much healthier at a 16 than I was at a 12,” she said.
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“I think the study is stupid, because when I was a 12, I used to run 10km three times a week. I was so fit, but I was still a 12 which is considered to be a large in clothing.
“People would look at me and consider me overweight but reality was I wasn’t.
“People who say I’m unhealthy have no idea what I do in my day to day life. They are simply making an assumption and uninformed opinion based on a photo.”
The pair have now amassed more than 217k followers on Instagram and have been chosen as the faces of Australian online brand Cotton On’s swimwear campaign.
Happiness, as a woman is comfort, support and the feeling of wearing nothing at all ❤️❤️ The bra for AnyBODY, the #Airo by #BrasNthings ?? No padding, no dig in underwire and no SQUISH! We hope you guys love it too xx
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They hope that their social page will influence more women to be accepting of diverse body shapes.
Georgia said: “Having us in this campaign was an amazing experience, especially because I didn’t know they catered for women above a size 12.
“It’s really exciting that a mainstream brand that’s everywhere in Australia is using plus sized models.”
Earlier this week, a woman who was body-shamed on the beach after shedding 25 stone hit back in the best way.
Kelly Brook recently lashed out at body-shamers who called her a “whale.”