Chloe Morello, a 29-year old Instagram model received a slew of body-shaming comments on her holiday picture. The picture depicts Chloe in a bikini on a beach in Cabo, Mexico, looking as fit and svelte as she normally does. Her comments were filled with positive compliments, like: âVery beautiful woman! Enjoy your vacation and ignore the idiots!â and âHot as hell!! Donât listen to the haters Chloe, there probably a bunch of overweight Cheeto eating fools!!â Unfortunately, quite a few users jumped at the opportunity to shame her body. The negative comments consisted of things related to her abdomen, which perhaps with the lighting and shading of the picture, gave to rise pregnancy implications. Realistically, her body looks perfectly fine and toned, but with models who show their entire lives online, trolls jump at any chance to shame them. On her post, some users simply said, âBoy or girl,â while another stated, âTwo words of advice; salad bar.â
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In response to one of the comments, particularly about whether or not she was pregnant, Morello said, “Clearly not? Wtf? It’s really, really rude and unacceptable to ask that to someone! Don’t do it again as it can really upset people for so many reasons.” Unfortunately, this isnât the first and only case of someone receiving such body-shaming backlash. Despite acquiring so many followers and social media status, Morello and other models like her must deal with negative attention and a high pressure to please everyone. Morelloâs case is similar to that of Amanda Lee, a personal trainer who faces so much pressure to maintain her perfect physique. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Lee states, “Once I got all the followers, I re-evaluated things – like, is this really me? For my mental health, I don’t want to get so wrapped up in perfection.
I want to be more confident in myself without trying so hard.â She reveals that once her social media following grew, she realized that she had to take a step back and realize what she valued more. She recounts, “I always wanted to appeal to everyone, but I got seduced by people’s responses and side-tracked trying to maintain this curvy physique and build a brand.” This unfortunate aspect of social media success can lead to negative affects in an influencerâs real life, like anxiety in Amanda Leeâs case. Leeâs mother attested that the pressure to post regularly causes her daughter to feel stress, especially when facing critical viewers online.
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Morello and Lee are only a couple of social media influencers out of hundreds who experience a similar situation. It goes to show that no matter how successful or beautiful someone may seem on the outside, social media only portrays a fraction of the truth. In reality, negative comments from strangers can lead impact the well-being of these influencers. Many of them try to be as perfect as possible, but they sacrifice their mental health in the process. The truth is, itâs impossible to please everyone, and itâs best not to give internet trolls the time of day.