Video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scoring a perfect 10 for her floor exercise at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge took over the internet in January.
Celebrity author and model Chrissy Teigen’s captivating posts on social media have earned her 11.3 million followers on Twitter alone.
The high visibility have made them both targets of trollers and body shamers. Both have proven capable of standing up for themselves.
A photo of Teigen in a hot tub with her husband John Legend supposedly grimacing made the rounds on social media.
Trollers immediately pointed to the model’s butt.
“Everyone so used to ass shots and photoshopped Instagrams. I’ve had no ass forever-in this news to some of you?” Chrissy responded.
If that wasn’t enough, she made it clear she didn’t hide anything from Legend.
“It’s been 13 years and he knew the first night we met.”
Ohashi took to the stage on national TV Wednesday to accept an ESPY for her viral performance in January. She used the moment to address her body shamers.
“I saw myself on the news trying to infuse a little bit of joy to the world with my sport,” she said. “Thank you to the internet that made it all happen, but its important to understand cyberattacks-the respect that people unfortunately lack. As a woman in sport, people comment you should be in the kitchen. The skimpy leos made it easy for everyone to see and everyone took it as a duty to judge me- ‘too revealing,’ ‘too fat,’ ‘she’s so thick.’ The objectification of our bodies is making me sick. Pitting women sports against each other, acting as if they can’t co-exist. Trust me, your words will never be the reason for our defeat.”
You can catch her entire 60 second speech here.
One person commented “Katelyn Ohashi shut down body shaming with her powerful speech at the Espys.”
Another said “What a courageous young lady. Keep on, keeping on.”
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