One of Yahoo Style’s editors has a girl crush on model Issa Lish. Dora Fung professed this obsession with the Mexican-Japanese Vogue Italia cover girl in an article detailing the 18-year-old’s impressive résumé. But instead of readers feeling similarly to Fung, writing of Lish’s recent accomplishments in a tough industry to stand out in, instead they critiqued the young woman’s body.
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“Eat a hamburger for Gods sake,” Anna Vanderwalker wrote on Facebook. “She’s portraying a woman role model. This is not idealistic in any way shape or form. She’s a model. There’s NOTHING natural about that in today’s society. Give me a break.” Another commenter, Debby Laprade, accused Lish of being “anorexic all the way,” and Cie Reynolds thought it was “so sad” that someone “paid her for looking so bony.” Of the 25 posts in the thread, more than half took a negative view of Lish’s look. Of course, snarky comments are everywhere on the internet, but this photo touched a nerve and added fuel to the seemingly never ending debate over body image.
Vanderwalker’s controversial comments soon set off a debate on size, not only about the largely unhealthy and rigorous standards that professional models are held to, but also about women and girls who are naturally thin. “Perhaps you could try to accept that some women are naturally skinny,” Josie Witt wrote. “Every woman is different and should be lifted up. We are doing a disservice to our daughters when we judge and body shame one another.”
The idea of “body snarking,” which, according to Claire Mysko, Director of Programs at the National Eating Disorder Association, is basically embarrassing someone for their figure, as Witt noted, isn’t simply restricted to those that are overweight or obese. Women and girls who are slim oftentimes receive similar verbal abuse, such as the “eat a burger” comment, and talk such as this is prevalent, especially in the media.
Tara Reid recently received similar treatment as Lish from commenters after posting a snap on Instagram over the weekend. The 38-year-old shared a pic of her bottom half, which was quickly removed following comments such as “You should eat something!” and “You look anorexic” started populating her feed.