There were several kinds of trollers who made sure to leave some cruel comments under the post. Soon, Gillette had to intervene in and defended the post.
Body shaming is that issue, which needs to stop. No one comprehends how much it scars those who are insecure about their body. However, in a recent incident, Gillette had to defend a recent Twitter post, that was being mocked, body shamed and considered 'unhealthy' by many. The post featured a plus-sized, confident model that people didn't like to see. Shame.
Gillette shared a picture of Anna O'Brien in a bikini, who is a model and style blogger with more than 320,000 Instagram followers. There were several kinds of trollers who made sure to leave some cruel comments under the post. Soon, Gillette had to intervene in and defended the post.
Go out there and slay the day 💪🏼 📸 Glitter + Lazers pic.twitter.com/cIc0R3JfpR— Gillette Venus (@GilletteVenus) April 3, 2019
“Venus is committed to representing beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and skin types because ALL types of beautiful skin deserve to be shown,” the razor brand said in a tweet. “We love Anna because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the ‘rules’ say she should display it.”
WoW, this is so unhealthy! Obesity causes cardiovascular diseases, type 2 Diabetes, sleep apnea, depression & certain types of cancer and death. Why would you show younger girls a picture like this? Another reason not to purchase your products!— Joan Rogers (@lovinbeauty) April 5, 2019
The shaving company shared a statement with TODAY, where they shared and clarified that O'Brien's picture was not a part of an ad campaign for Gillette, and the only motive behind the company sharing the post was to celebrate women of all shapes and sizes.
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
"Anna O'Brien is a body positive advocate and influencer and has an inspiring platform of self-love," said My Anh Nghiem, a spokesperson for Gillette's parent company, Procter & Gamble. "She is not a paid partner of Venus nor was the image created at the brand’s request. We simply asked to share this photo of her as part of our efforts to represent more women and their stories on our platform."
The beautiful O'Brien always shares body-positive photos along with inspiring and empowering essays that is about how much she loves herself and her body. Even though she didn't come to her defence under Gillette's post directly, but she alluded to the controversy in a recent Instagram post. “So much has happened in the last 5 days,” she wrote. “The only thing I have to say is, I’m ok.”
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
While most of the people were talking about how the shaving company is promoting unhealthy body and health, there were some supporters too. One Twitter user defended O'Brien and said that all those who are worrying about her health are doing nothing but are body shaming her in disguise. "Health has NOTHING to do with it. Don't pretend that you actually "care about health" when you're stigmatising."
We... don't.— Emmy 🏳️🌈 (@eboncat) April 5, 2019
Everybody deserves to feel good, wear clothes (pretty sure that's a legal requirement in most countries yes?) and live without being bullied and harassed. Health has NOTHING to do with it. Don't pretend that you actually "care about health" when you're stigmatising
There were some fans who made sure to tell O'Brien that how much they love her and how inspiring she is to many. “Love the suit, love the pic, love you!” one person wrote. "You inspire so many to be happy with themselves," another fan commented. "Don’t let the insecurities of those who say awful things control you or enter your psyche."
Even though O'Brien chose to keep mum about whatever happened in the Gillette's controversy. However, she did share a body-positive philosophy that inspired her to pose for the bikini pic in the first place. "Don’t wait for anyone else’s permission to live and experience all you can in your body,” O'Brien wrote. “We don’t remember the number on our jeans of the shape of our hips and stomach on a beach … We remember how we laughed and forgot for an instant everything we should be. We just were. Joy comes from the experience, not from the size of the body we live in.