Fox News meteorologist Janice Deanwas scanning through the comments on her Facebook page earlier this month when she noticed a message from a woman named JoAnn. Apparently JoAnn never got the memo that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
“Dear Janice,” the note began. “Please stop allowing Fox to dress you in those short skirts. They are not flattering on you. You’re an attractive lady, love the 80s hair, but your legs are distracting every time you walk on screen.”
Rather than ignoring the hateful feedback, Dean, 47, chose to respond. And it was perfect. “Fox doesn’t dress me. I dress myself,” she replied. “I’m sorry if you don’t like my legs. I’m grateful I have them to walk with. You’re right. I don’t look like the typical person on TV, and I”m proud to be a size 10. Imagine that! You can always turn the channel if you’re offended by my huge legs.”
Dean shared JoAnn’s post to her Facebook page on January 8, and was flooded with words of kindness and support. But one comment made the journalist break down in tears. Dean has lived with Multiple sclerosis for more than 10 years, and it was written by her first MS nurse Jen.
“Dear Janice, I LOVE those strong legs,” wrote Jen. “I LOVE that you stand tall, walk, run, squat, lunge, skip, jump and hop on those legs. You are blessed and have a blessing to have STRONG legs!!! Wear skirts proudly and show your STRONG legs!!! Love you, my angel.”
In an essay published on Wednesday, January 10, Dean revealed her legs used to be “a sore spot” when she looked in the mirror. “But now more than ever I am proud of them,” she explained. “Because with MS, I could lose my ability to walk literally any day. So I’ve learned to be proud of my legs, and am grateful for them every day of my life.”
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Stars who fought back against body shaming
Stars who fought back against body shaming
“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz talked back to body shamers over a latex dress she wore to the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2017.
"For the record, I wear what I want, when I want. News flash it's MY body. #thankstho," she tweeted.
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The comedian hasn't been shy about her body, but last year she posted a swimsuit picture on Instagram in an effort to bait and then lambaste body shamers.
This came a month after Schumer called out Glamour magazine for featuring her in its “Chic at Any Size” special issue.
“Plus size is considered size 16 in America,” Schumer wrote on Instagram. “I go between a size 6 and an 8."
Last March, an Instagram user posted a photo of Ridley as Rey with a speech bubble that read “I can’t believe the unrealistic expectations I’m setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don’t they know that real women have curves?”
Ridley responded to the troll with a screen grab of their original post and comment that said, “‘Real women’ are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don’t have families. I am a ‘real women’ like every other woman in this world.”
Following Gaga’s Super Bowl LI halftime show this year, some internet trolls decided to mock her appearance and her “flabby belly."
She struck back at her body shamers with a message of personal acceptance.
“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga.”
After photos surfaced of Vin Diesel with a “softer” physique than fans are used to, the actor said, “I do think it’s wrong to body shame. Trolls on the Internet — there are all kinds of atrocities they commit on the Internet.”
In an interview on Swedish talk show “Skavlan,” Thompson spoke out against Hollywood for triggering anorexic behavior in actors. “The anorexia … there are so many kids, girls and boys now, and actresses who are very, very thin that are into their 30’s and simply don’t eat. They don’t eat,” she said.
She then said she defended one actress on set when she was told to lose weight.
“I said to them, ‘If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture, you are never to do that.'”
In an interview with Glamour last year, the singer said, "If somebody calls me fat, even in a vulnerable moment, I laugh to myself and think, I’m doing everything I can, so there’s nothing I can do about it.
"I don’t have a six-pack. Maybe I don’t even want a six-pack. It doesn’t sound very appealing."
According to Allure, Rowling posted a photo of her standing alongside Serena Williams when someone commented that Williams was "built like a man." But being the legend that Rowling is, she posted a photo of Williams rocking a form-fitting red dress with the caption, "Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot."
While the actress was promoting "Spider-Man" she said that she had been profoundly affected by nasty comments made about her appearance online.
"I firmly believe that nothing really affects you or can really bother you if you don't already feel that way about yourself. I've seen a lot of comments that say, 'Eat a sandwich' or 'She looks sick.' I've been looking at myself in the mirror being mean to myself. I'm not sick. I eat sandwiches," she says. "There is in no way is it my intention to be a bad example. That has been kind of bothering me lately. I've shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We're always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short. They're just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I'm trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We're shaming each other and we're shaming ourselves, and it sucks."
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When people made fun of the weight she gained during her pregnancy, she fired back on Twitter.
"Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight...your body totally changes! Making fun of me pregnant and making fun of me trying to lose weight now, shame on you. I'm not perfect but I will never conform to your skinny standards sorry!"
A little over a year ago, the "Superstore" actress posted a post-workout selfie to put body shamers to rest.
"Just a friendly reminder that size 12 women workout," she wrote. "We're not disgusting and lazy just because we aren't a size 0. (And hey, if someone chooses to be lazy it's really also no one's else's business.) #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositivity #honormycurves #celebratemysize #daretowear"
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When the "Pretty Little Liars" actress noticed some comments about her fluctuating body, she took to Instagram to write, "As a lot of you have noticed my body has gone through some changes, and I want to clear the air and give you an explanation. I have been facing a bad hormone imbalance that has thrown my body completely out of whack. I want to assure you that I'm healthy and getting everything back on track! A big thanks to all of you who have been in my corner! We live in such a judge mental society that puts every kind of flaw, including weight gain, in the same category. And for those of you who are struggling with any health problem, hormone imbalance, and weight gain of any sort I urge and encourage you to please deal with it in a healthy manor. YOU and YOUR health are what matters, not anyone else's opinions and assumptions of you. Getting healthy isn't just about working out and eating right (however extremely important) it's also about surrounding yourself with those who care about you and want to see you succeed and become the best you can be."
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When Jay Mohr made fun of Alyssa Milano's body for her baby weight, Milano tweeted, "So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat-shame me. Be well and God Bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife."
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In an 2014 interview with Harper's Bazaar, Lawrence recounted a moment she was told that she would be fired if she didn't lose weight.
"I know it'll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go f--- yourself.'"
In 2015, Howard Stern called Sam Smith a "fat ugly motherf----." Smith's response? "Can't believe what I've just read. Ignore."