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A Piece On Body Shaming, Starring Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones was having a hard time finding someone who would want to create a gown for the premiere of Ghostbusters because of her stature.

Well, Christian Siriano met the challenge and delivered.

It all started with the pair tweeting back and forth, which led to this gorgeous ensemble.

Now that's how you do it! You look stunning Leslie! Simple, elegant, powerful and chic!! @lesdogggg at the premiere for her new film wearing Siriano #ghostbusters

See this Instagram photo by @csiriano * 15.6k likes

 

Now, a word from our minds:

Not to take away or ignore what awesomeness that Leslie Jones was able to deliver on the red carpet with Siriano's help - we need to look at a comment that was made in regards to "Real Women."

Now, whether Leslie meant it in a derogatory way or not, she took the opportunity to tell E! that "It takes a real designer to design for real women."

This comment, in itself, is body shaming.

Now, before you grab your torch and pitchforks, the person typing behind the keyboard right now is 200+ and 5'6" - so I'm not taking offense to a word Leslie says, and it's true - the "Industry" does not design to women who pass a certain stature. But you must keep in mind, it does not qualify you as a "real" or "not real" woman based on your size.

I'd honestly say you're real based on your character as a person, but that's just one opinion.

Now, we're not taking away from the fact that Leslie shared her struggles being 6 foot since she was in 6th grade, and how it's hard to find clothes to fit someone of that height. But she's for sure not the only one. Women with different weights and heights are constantly trying to find clothes. Being "rounder" and being short, it's just as difficult - (Example: too tall for petite, too wide for jeans that fit in the hips/waist/length, ect.).

Using the term "real women" in regards to "bigger women" implies that people like a "super model," or, a woman who's always been so naturally skinny that people tell her to "eat something" are not real women - that is a body shaming comment.

People always act like body shaming is a concept of "calling someone fat." Body Shaming, however, is around all sides of the spectrum. Take the recent spat that Amy Schumer had to quell with "Plus Size" Model Ashley Graham.

I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous

See this Instagram photo by @amyschumer * 88.6k likes

A few months prior to Ashley Graham's Cosmopolitan cover, Amy made a comment about not feeling she would qualify as "plus size," throwing out there that she's a 6 or 8, even when her main schtick is to say she's a "bigger girl" in the comedy world. Ashley sounded off recently in her interview with Cosmo (as shared by Hollywood Reporter), saying the following:

"I can see both sides, but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry... You thrive on being a big girl, but when you're grouped in with us, you're not happy about it? That, to me, felt like a double standard."

Schumer copped out, respectfully once the interview came out - but it still left a hole in what bigger issues could have been settled here - that there is nothing wrong with being bigger - as long as you're in good health - you are allowed to be whatever size you are. And young girls need that type of role model - not someone who's afraid to be labeled as plus size.

Bottom line is this (as we could go on about this for hours - probably could even write a book about it) -

All comments that disqualify someone as a human being, disqualifies beauty based on size, or disqualifies someone's value because of the way they look is body shaming.

We, as evolved women (and men) need to start taking that in to account with the way we present a case of someone's worth based on image. We're all human, we're all different, and we're all deserving of love.

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Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”