When it comes to online bullying and body-shaming, no one is safe, and as we well know, this is especially true when you’re pregnant.
During a business trip to New York, Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni proudly showed off her pregnant belly to her millions of followers on Insta. “Third time Leo is in New York,” read part of her caption, as she posed sideways in a black bra and trousers. And then came the remarks criticizing the expectant mother’s body.
“You sure there’s a baby in there? This is mind-boggling,” commented oldbullleeee (interesting name choice).
“I think my stomach was even bigger than this after our Thanksgiving dinner…” wrote firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ferragni has more than 11 million followers on Instagram, and those millions still have not ceased commenting about her appearing “too thin” to be pregnant. At the time of this article, the photo had garnered more than 7,000 comments, including several from Ferragni’s Italian fan base with the same body-shaming sentiments.
In October, Ferragni announced she was five months pregnant. At this point, Ferragni is somewhere in her third trimester — and according to commenters, her belly doesn’t fit the mold.
Do we need to say it again? Louder for the folks in the back this time: Every woman’s body, belly, baby and how she carries her pregnancy is unique and none of them look the same.
Ferragni joins a number of celebrities and public figures who’ve attracted criticism for how much weight they’ve gained or haven’t gained while with child. In October, even Duchess Catherine of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, was a target after a photo surfaced on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account of her looking, apparently, not quite “pregnant enough.”
Here’s hoping that one day, everyone will just accept that no two bodies or pregnancies are alike and move on to spending their internet-comment energy on far more important debates. Like, you know, whether we finally have a lesbian Barbie or not.