Alexa Chung has shut down her Instagram account after finding that virtually every photo she posted elicited a string of negative comments about her body. Things reached a nadir when the above image of Chung with her mother, which the ex-model/writer/T.V. presenter/fashion personage published yesterday, drew responses including "Your legs are too skinny now," "ur ugly," "You're [sic] legs look unhealthy," "Ew, she's so skinny it's gross," and "Skinny. Horrid," and more. (Just as worryingly, more than a few users commented that they were jealous of Chung — for being skinny.) She appears to still be using her public Twitter — which counts some 778,000 followers — but she has also received nasty comments there. On Instagram, Chung actually joined her own comment thread, writing, "Hi, I am here. I can read. Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I'm not trying to be thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private. Byyyyyeeee." Instagram (like Pinterest, Tumblr, and virtually every other social media site that traffics in pictures) does have a bit of a thinspo problem, and shutting down the account is certainly one way to prevent other users from scouring her feed for images they want to use for thinspo. The way to bring a woman down, it seems, is still to criticize her body as though it were some kind of product put forward for public review; nobody deserves to face that kind of bodysnark, hatred, and concern-trolling. [Daily Mail]
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