Here's an important lesson: Even the most confident women can be body-shamed — and it still hurts.
Take Amber Rose, for example. The woman who has appeared on a red carpet wearing basically nothing but some gold chains admitted she felt shamed by Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough during her performance this week.
"It was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks [Chmerkovskiy] dipped me and [Hough] said, 'Oh, I'm uncomfortable,' and instantly, I felt — I did feel body-shamed," Rose said during her Play.it network podcast Loveline With Amber Rose. "You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean, they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation."
She added, "And me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her uncomfortable."
Hough later clarified her comments, and said that when she said, "I'm uncomfortable," during Rose's dance, it had nothing to do with her body.
"My 'uncomfortable' comment was about the fact that I felt like I wanted more out of the performance — when someone is doing a hot, sexy dance like that without the right amount of energy that is required, it can be uncomfortable to watch," she said. "Trust me, I'm all for a sexy booty dance!! We all know that! And any kind of body-shaming goes against everything I believe in."
Still, the misunderstanding highlights how difficult it can be for curvy women to participate in something like a dance competition, where the pros tend to be super-slender. If a woman as beautiful as Rose can lose her confidence, you know it's time to watch your words and make sure to be welcoming toward women of all shapes and sizes.
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