Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio hit back at “skinny-shaming” haters after she remarked that her body isn’t perfect. In response to comments that she probably has anorexia and subsists on a starvation diet, Sampaio tweeted Nov. 18 that she probably eats more than most of her critics.
“I’m not gonna let any of you bully me just because I’m skinny!” Sara wrote on Instagram. “I eat a lot. I probably eat more burgers than you. I’ve always been skinnier and probably will always be. I work out, I’m healthy and I’m happy!”
The uproar started after Sampaio commented that every woman’s body is different, so we should learn to love and embrace our unique body type. As an example, Sara said her body could never look like that of fellow Victoria’s Secret supermodel Candice Swanepoel (pictured above) because they have different bone structures.
“If I put a picture of Candice and I want to have that body,” Sara said in her broken English. “Not in a million years I’m gonna have that body because my bone structure is not built like her amazing [body].”
Shortly afterward, the website Jezebel accused Sampaio of hating herself, when in fact, she merely wanted to show that even models (who are considered physical ideals) sometimes wish they had each other’s physical attributes. Sampaio said critics who are slamming her are missing the point.
This isn’t the first time a Victoria’s Secret model has stirred controversy. In March 2013, Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell made headlines after saying she feels guilty for promoting an impossible beauty standard that most women fall short of. “I am promoting an ideal that’s not attainable, and for that I have to feel guilty,” said Russell.
Russell said models promote a standard of physical beauty that few women can ever hope to attain (like that of Kim Kardashian, whose body surgeons insist was sculpted through plastic surgery). “For the past few centuries we have defined beauty not just as health and youth and symmetry that we’re biologically programmed to admire, but also as tall, slender figures,” said Cameron.
Russell, who doesn’t diet or work out, is grateful that she has a lucrative career based on her natural beauty, but said becoming a model isn’t a path young girls should aspire to.
“Saying you want to be a model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball when you grow up,” said the leggy 5-foot-10 Cameron. “It’s out of your control and it’s awesome, but it’s not a career path.”