Alexa Chung forced to remove photo from Instagram after barrage of criticism sees fans brand her 'disgustingly skinny'
16:34 GMT, 17 April 2012
Alexa Chung posted a personal picture on Instagram yesterday which caused hundreds of followers to enter into a debate over her thin frame.
The photo, which showed Miss Chung wearing a short denim dress standing next to her mother, made her skinny legs a prominent feature of the image.
Fans immediately started evaluating the photo, prompting the 28-year-old to respond directly to the comments that labelled her 'unhealthy' and 'disgustingly skinny'.
Divided opinions: Alexa Chung posted a picture on Instgram that caused hundreds of her followers to critique her skinny frame
After two hours of followers having dissected her body image, Miss Chung replied to the negative commentary, writing: 'Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions.'
She continued: 'People are different sizes. I'm not trying to be thinspo for anyone,' in response to accusations she is contributing to the current 'thinspiration' culture of young girls.
While opinion was divided, with many defending the former MTV host, and some openly praising her slender frame, the overwhelming response was negative.
One commenter wrote: 'I'm going to be very honest. I look at this picture and think “This is a woman not eating.” Thus, I worry for women everywhere.'
Another remarked: 'THIS degree of skinny is frankly alarming, sadly.
is equally alarming that people ENVY this degree… as it is NOT a
healthy degree of underweight. Certainly, they shouldn't want to be like
this,' exclaimed the follower, in response to several fans' bouts of
jealousy over the star's skinny legs.
The comments, which appeared public on her own Instagram account, caused Miss Chung to first respond somewhat sensitively.
She wrote: 'Hi, I am here. I can read.'
While opinion was divided, with many defending the former MTV host, and some openly praising her slender frame, the overwhelming response was negative
Public opinion: Fans began to evaluate the photo, which eventually prompted the 28-year-old to respond directly to the comments that labeled her 'unhealthy'
the barrage of comments continued, some accusing her of being a bad
role model: 'Terrible example for your young impressionable fans who
look up to you.'
Miss Chung made a final reply, before deleting the post altogether: 'I am now making this acct private. /04/16/article-2130579-129FE361000005DC-775_468x622.jpg” width=”468″ height=”622″ alt=”Live debate: Followers engaged in heated discussions revolving the wider implications of Alexa's image and the reaction it caused” class=”blkBorder” />
Live debate: Followers engaged in heated discussions about the wider implications of Alexa's image and the reaction it caused
Alexa's response: After two hours of followers dissecting her body image, she replied to the negative commentary herself
While celebrities put themselves on a stage open for critique and discussion through their use of social media, these live debates have also recently highlighted bigger social and cultural values.
This was empahasised in Ashley Judd's essay for the Daily Beast last week, where she parleyed the 'offensive and sexist nature' of
the media's speculation about her 'puffy' looking face.
She wrote about the problem
of women being hyper-judgmental of each others appearances through media in general, where Ms Judd stated that a woman's appearance is now
valued above mental and
Exacerbated by the Hollywood hegemonic model, some have argued it is society's and the entertainment industry's problem for continually fostering today's aesthetic standard which rewards thinness, not Miss Chung's.
While digital media encourages open public discourse, where does citizen journalism end and unproductive public railing begin