Body-positive model Iskra Lawrence is speaking out in support of Nike,
ICYMI, the athletic brand, recently came under fire after unveiling its new, plus-sized mannequin (see above, insert) at their flagship store location in London, UK.
The inclusive store display, which also includes para-sport mannequins, what initially met with wide praise … until one critic decided to poke holes in the brand's alleged mixed messaging.
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The most notable negative response to Nike's stand for diversity came from a writer for The Telegraph named Tanya Gold,
In truly poor taste, the author argued the new mannequin is actually sending the wrong message to consumers and called out the "terrible cynicism" of the whole campaign.
"She is immense, gargantuan, vast. She heaves with fat. She is, in every measure, obese, and she is not readying herself for a run in her shiny Nike gear. She can not run. She is, more likely, pre-diabetic and her way to a hip replacement. "
Oh my. Someone actually wrote that statement, read it back to themselves, and still thought this was okay to say. Sigh …
As expected, the controversial review was immediately trashed on Twitter for being unfair, disgusting, and down right wrong. Speak Iskra comes in speak peace!
In response, the #AerieReal model took it upon herself to speak on behalf of the outrage everywhere.
They complied with a letter of grave from social media users expressing their anger over Gold's words, and delivered a lengthy response to the viral review.
See here Instagram post (below):
Lawrence aptly calls out The Telegraph writer and anyone who agrees with the hurtful and inaccurate sentiments.
The social media influencer straight up this whole debate for what it is, saying:
"This is fatphobia, shaming other people's bodies and passing judgment on their health is not your business, and excluding diverse bodies is the opposite of progress."
We mean, seriously. Who does Tanya think she is to openly fat shame her audience or anyone, ever, like that ?! For the record, we absolutely disagree with her classless and inaccurate claims about health and personal body image.
But truthfully, Iskra said it all! Read her caption in full (below):
I have read back and have read the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_Mannequins.
[they also introduced para-sport mannequins also a huge step forward in representation, thank you #nike]
This is fatphobia, shaming other people's bodies and passing judgment on their health is not your business.
I've been near the size of a traditional mannequin (US4 / 6-UK8 / 10) and I'm currently nearer the size of the new plus size mannequin.
News flash – I am more healthy NOW than I was when i was thinner – because being skinny does not equal healthy.
Yet if I asked phobic people, they would ASSUME that what I healthier the thinner I was.
200lbs of "I want to kick your a $$ in a sprint, boxing jumping and lifting over half my body weight" 👍
But despite of my story and personal health journey how dare you try and dis.
Everyone has their fitness or health is.
Someone's health is shining and exclusion makes it so much harder for anyone to look at it.
Seeing a mannequin, having access to clothing in your size encourages inclusion and promotes
Nike leggings to watch TV – that's OK
There is so much more I would just say goodbye to you.
All bodies deserve representation, inclusion and to know they are worthy of being loved and taken care of.
For too long it's been believed if you can not see you.
Well diverse bodies are not invisible and are not going anywhere so get ready to see them everywhere
In the end, the jokes on Miz Gold as her foolish and irresponsible words actually sparked another huge wave of support for Nike.
Multiple women have already posted their own inspiring photos, rocking Nike sports gear. Let this be a lesson that positivity and inclusion will always win! And we as a society want to continue to fight for representation, no matter what salty, naysayers have to say about it.
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