This Woman’s Open Letter to Body-Shaming Model Dani Mathers Is So, So Important
Last week the Internet was abuzz with the Dani Mathers scandal, after the Playboy model shared a picture of a fellow gym member over Snapchat without her consent, coupled with the cruel body-shaming caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
Thousands have taken to social media to call out Dani’s brutal behavior, but one woman’s response was particularly powerful, and her open letter to Dani has been rapidly going viral. Christine Blackmon, who runs an inspirational Facebook page called Delicate Flower, decided to respond to the Dani Mathers controversy by posting a (censored) nude picture of her own.
In the letter, which is addressed to Dani, Christine explained that a month ago, she spotted her husband taking a picture of her as she was changing to work out. “I posed playfully due to the obvious absurdity of it all,” Christine wrote. “Later, I saw the picture and begged him to delete it… all I saw was lumps and bumps. He simply smiled and softly said, ‘I think it’s beautiful.’ So I let him keep it.”
Christine explained that “not all of us work out to be ‘hot'” but rather to “honor the bodies we were given.” “That’s all that woman was trying to do, and you violated her,” she wrote. “Shame on you… So, #DaniMathers, I’d like to introduce you to my 5’10”, 194lb lumpy, bumpy glory.”
The post has since been shared over 5,000 times, with hundreds of people commenting their appreciation for Christine’s amazing honesty. “I think that was the beauty of this post is that everybody else also rallied around because the whole woman-shaming thing has gotten to be just stupid,” Christine told Today.com. “We shame ourselves enough; we don’t need Playboy models shaming us.”
We give all the props to Christine for her amazing, inspirational post, and we can only hope that Dani Mathers has learned a valuable lesson.
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(Photos via Charley Gallay/Getty and Delicate Flower)