Model and actress Nzinga Imani took to Instagram to share her sentiments about plus-size bullying based on her own experience and those of her colleagues.
She used Rihanna’s viral pregnancy photo moment to send a clear message about body positivity addressing a hateful meme that compared her body to that of popular plus-size influencer Aaliyia Rogers.
Read her caption:
I’m not pregnant… this is me without my shapewear ???♀️ but seriously, Some of you may have seen the meme that’s been circulating comparing my body type to this gorgeous #plussize influencer @_abeauty4 .
I was horrified to see my picture being used to tear someone else down. There is no “right way” to be plussize.
I take no pleasure in the comparison of women whether I’m the preferred or not.
To whomever created the hateful meme I suggest you get a life. We do not care about your opinion and we uplift each other.
If you don’t like real bodies just say that ??♀️??♀️ but don’t use our pictures to push your immature, divisive, unrealistic narrative. I’m a 3X model.
I have a belly! Most plussize people do.
I don’t ever want anyone to come to my page and feel bad about themselves.
I hope to represent for plussize women of all shapes and sizes. I face prejudice being a 3X model And with all the success I’ve had I still experience similar attacks.
Aht aht! Trolling and bullying will not be tolerated over here! ??♀️
Have a blessed day ✌?
✨✨✨AND CONGRATULATIONS RIHRIH!!! ??
This was her post on Instagram:
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Her message caused quite the stir! Some folks applauded her because she used a viral moment to send a message that needed to be heard.
Many called it ‘smart marketing’.
Others felt that it was simply ‘opportunistic and distasteful’.
Read some of the comments below from Twitter:
chile… @NzingaImani got the girls MAD and made a whole bag and went viral while doing so . we LOVE to see it . ??✨✨ https://t.co/L8XvHhaHvw
— “DREAMS” (@Lenathediva_) February 1, 2022
Talk about it! ?????? https://t.co/YWgeFuHIQ2
— Nzinga Imani ♥♪♫ (@NzingaImani) February 1, 2022
Sis you killed this baby! Looked so beautiful and has such an immense glow. Please don’t stop giving curvy women a voice. And to the black men who love to critize black women, shame on you. We got a entire war going on outside and you worried about a black woman body? How ugly
— sister ✨ (@sistermamaa) February 1, 2022
The irony of everyone replying to this tweet talking shit about her body when the actual post/caption was about how y’all body shame plus sized influencers and models ?? pic.twitter.com/s8863VTbeY
— sista terri clarence (@Mediterranean_Z) January 31, 2022
well that ain’t gonna change because intrinsically humans prefer normal healthy body shapes. no hate, no shame, it’s just what most of us attracted to. so this will be the case till the end of time
— Minato (@MinatoSays) February 1, 2022
Idk why y’all are mentioning that it’s a body positivity post like that changes the fact this is still corny and weird as hell, lmaoo! This is so opportunistic it just looks distasteful & insensitive to celebrities just trying to feel normal & live a normal life.
— Crystal (she/they) (@cashhcrystal) February 1, 2022
To be honest, there’s nothing positive about being obesed. I’m not judging but stating facts. It cause so many medical problems that could be avoided if we address our eating habits. My Mom born in 1929 very obesed always said take care of your body.
— Dr. Andrea Carter (@andreacarteredd) February 1, 2022
I enjoy being an above average sized man. I do not enjoy being fat, There is nothing positive that comes from being oversized. Shopping sucks, amusement parks suck, car shopping sucks, I mean list goes on. What exactly Is positive about being at risk for so many health issues?
— Genghis Don (@callmeDon___) February 1, 2022
Lol. Im an influencer. I have every style coat ever made in my closets, but yes I did grab my boyfriend/photographer once this was posted because… why not?
— Nzinga Imani ♥♪♫ (@NzingaImani) January 31, 2022
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