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Ashley Graham brilliantly shuts down an online troll for body shaming her

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Ashley Graham had the perfect response to someone who tried to body shame her. 

Over the years, a plethora of celebrities have had to shut down more than a few body shamers, particularly when it comes to commentary about their reproductive status: Vogue Williams recently opened up about fearing her pregnancy wasn’t normal after being body shamed online, and Anne Hathaway recently made a point of pre-emptively shutting down pregnancy speculation, letting the world know that she’s gaining weight for a new role. 

And now Ashley Graham has been forced to address the masses about her own body, following unsolicited comments about her ‘baby bump’.

The model had taken to Instagram to share a video of herself, dressed in a bikini and dancing to N.E.R.D and Rihanna’s Lemon

Killing her good vibes, one Instagram user decided to insinuate (amid a near-nonsensical stream of punctuation) that Graham was pregnant.

“Good Morning… Ashley!!!!$ Looking good…. Baby bump…. :))))),” commented the troll.

Graham, though, clapped back hard.

“@magbody that’s just called fat,” she wrote.

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Her response echoes that of Lili Reinhart, who, earlier this year, found herself pictured in tabloids with the suggestion that she was pregnant. 

Underlining how truly ridiculous it was on her Instagram Stories, Reinhart wrote: “It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant.

“Nope. Not pregnant… this is just my body. And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight.”

Reinhart added powerfully: “My body is something that I will NEVER apologise for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure, OK?”

Much like Reinhart, Graham’s attitude toward such negativity is utterly refreshing.

“I kind of just give my middle finger to [haters], like, ‘Guess what? I’m really hot,’” she told Glamour in 2016.

“Every day I get at least 20 messages [saying I’ve helped them]. I hope they look in the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful.’ When you do that, it’s a whole other ball game - you start to understand that your words have power.”

Amen.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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