The internet is filled with cruel people whose sole goal in life seems to be belittling and bring others down. Even women body shaming other women is rampant on social media. One college student decided she wanted to take a stand against these hateful messages and spread a little encouragement along the way.
Sara Petty, a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, went to the internet to find Tweets and social media post that body shamed women for wearing certain outfits that others took issue with. Apparently, some believe some outfits are “inappropriate” for larger people to wear since they don’t fit “society’s norm.”
The 20-year-old Petty began posting photos on social media of herself in a bikini and other “skimpy” outfits.
She did this to inspire and empower women who may be dealing with online animosity on a daily basis. In one picture of her smiling in a bikini, Petty attached a comment she found on the internet that read: “Please don’t wear a bikini if you’re 200 plus pounds. Thanks.”
Another comment read: “If you’re 200 lbs, maybe a bikini isn’t for you.” In an image of her in a pair of shorts and a crop top, one Twitter post read, “Sorry, but if you are over 200 lbs, you shouldn’t be trying to fit your fat a** in a crop top. You cannot pull it off.”
In the four pictures she posted, she wrote a caption: “Girls: Wear whatever the hell you want” as a response to those who body shame women they have never met, and would probably never approach in real life to say those hurtful comments.
She was immediately met with praise and support from other women. According to the Daily Mail, since publishing the pictures online, Petty’s post has surpassed 72,000 retweets.
One of her supporters named Laurita commented, “It’s so sad that all of the tweets are from girls about girls.”
Petty appreciates the support but claims her mission is simple: “Girls, stop tearing other girls down. Empower one another!”
Girls: Wear whatever the hell you want. pic.twitter.com/AjeudTM9rH
— Sara (@_spetty) March 9, 2016