Australian fitspo sensation Sjana Elise Earp has more than 1.1 million Instagram followers and—like many women whose feed revolves around health and fitness—is tall and lean; a physique that’s somehow made her the target of some heavy body-shaming from trolls who think it’s their place to comment on what she looks like. However, in a new video for Cosmopolitan, Earp has the best response for haters.
“I’m not defined by numbers or by other people’s opinions of me. And the body I have—as imperfect or as skinny or as gross as people may think it is—is my imperfect body. And I’m happy with it despite their irrelevant opinions,” the 20-year-old says while managing to maneuver herself between different yoga poses. “I have never and will never suggest that other people aspire to have my body.”
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Earp’s grown a huge fan base on the photo-sharing app by following a formula that’s popular among the #fitspo set, posting daily pics of herself in a bikini, on the beach, working out, or contorting her toned body into crazy yoga position, partnering the photo with an inspirational caption. And while, yes, Earp is clearly smaller than the average Australian (or American) woman, that doesn’t automatically mean she’s unhealthy. We’re talking about a woman who exercises daily—you can’t learn a pose like this unless you’re dedicated—and at the end of the day, her body is no one’s business but her own. Of course, Earp’s not alone here—body hate on Instagram is frustratingly common, and everyone from Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen to Lady Gaga, Adele, and Gigi Hadid have spoken out recently about fat shaming, skinny shaming, and everything in between. You might remember Hadid’s lengthy open letter on Instagram last year where she slams trolls: “Yes, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment. I’m fitting into my sample sizes. Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body.” And don’t forget size-4 model Charli Howard, who started a body-acceptance social media campaign after getting dropped by her agency for being “too big.”
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