Fitness Personality Ashy Bines Defends Controversial Instagram Post Stating Tess Holliday Is 'Not a Good Role Model'
"I don't think it's a healthy body image that should be applauded," Ashy Bines said of Tess Holliday
Cheryl Tiegs isn’t the only one denouncing curvier models. Model and fitness personality Ashy Bines is stirring up controversy for comparing Tess Holliday to an underweight runway model, calling them both unhealthy role models for young women.
“The girl on the left is obviously underweight – yes she maybe genetically small but it’s pretty obvious she is not healthy and has not been eating a well balanced diet,” writes Bines in an Instagram post she shared on Monday.
The model pictured, Ana Carolina Reston, died of a generalized infection caused by anorexia in 2006.
“The girl on the right I’ve seen in recent articles and apparently is an ‘inspiration’ to the younger generation – I also think she is not a good role model for young girls,” she said of Holliday.
“I think it’s FANTASTIC she feels comfortable, but at the same time I don’t think it’s a healthy body image that should be applauded,” she continued.
Bines’ post did not sit well with many social media commenters.
“Just because someone is skinny or fat doesn’t mean they’re not healthy,” wrote user @chrisjoy_themua. “You can’t look at someone and say (s)he’s healthy/not healthy.”
“What if someone used one of your pictures and bashed it like that?” wrote user @peenutbudder. “How rude.”
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Bines defended her controversial post in a Facebook live chat on Wednesday.
“I talk about the things that I’m passionate about with good intentions to help educate, and if that upsets a couple of people along the way, then so be it,” she said. “I’m not here to please everyone.”
“My message was to talk about health,” she continued. “I’m not saying you need to look a certain way to be healthy, but it was quite obvious that both of these women are not healthy, and anybody that says they are, I’m sorry but you’re kidding yourself.”
Bines went on to address Tess directly, criticizing her for her size, and said the mom-to-be is putting her baby at risk.
“I just don’t think someone of your size should be applauded, or a role model for our younger generation,” she said. “When you are morbidly obese, you are at the risk of doing so much to your body, and there are so many diseases that can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle. [ ] I’m standing by my message.”