Sara Sampaio has slammed Jameela Jamil for labelling runway models as “long-starved terrified teenagers”.
The Good Place actress and body positivity champion recently retweeted a video from the Colors of Africa fashion show, showing women of all shapes and sizes performing a Nigerian dance while walking down the runway. Captioning her post, she wrote: “This looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful.”
However, the comment didn’t sit well with the Victoria’s Secret Angel, who felt that Jameela, 33, was perpetuating a stereotype about models.
“How about celebrating someone without bringing other people down?” she responded on Twitter. “Calling runway models ‘long-starved terrified teenager’ is extremely offensive. From someone that is always preaching for body positivity this just screams hypocrisy.”
However, Jameela fired back at the message, suggesting models are “starving themselves, and using drugs and cocaine to control their weight”, before adding the behaviour is prominent in wider society and “perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be”.
“Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a (sic) exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole,” Sara replied. “It’s very simple to celebrate someone without having do drag other people. And make general negative assumptions about a whole group of people. Most of these girls are teenagers! And they don’t deserve to be constantly put in a negative box like you just did.
“I also know more about my industry than you. And I also know how much harm this generalisation does to a lot of girls that are actually healthy and normally been skinny all their lives.”
The 28-year-old then l told her followers she was fed up of people “feeling the need to attack models like we are some kind of plague that is wrong in this world” and concluded by tweeting that Jameela wasn’t willing to listen to her opinion.
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