For a little #MotivationMonday, blogger @NoonieRegardless is here to remind us that crop tops do not have a size limit. The model has earned a social media following for promoting body positivity (and rocking some serious looks), so when an Instagram page stole a photo of her looking cute in a crop top to make a hateful meme with hurtful emojis, she was quick to set the record straight.
Noonie reposted the meme to her own account, then used the caption as an opportunity to set the record straight. "No I don't have the flat stomach to flex in a crop top/bralette but I have a muffin top to do so. I don't know why people still body shame at this point. It's quite [sic] pointless if you ask me... You don't have to be skinny to rock a crop top or bralette... As women we have to learn to build each other up instead of trying to break each other down."
In an interview with Yahoo Style, she elaborated on what motivated her to respond to the hurtful image, saying that she "decided to share the post to let people know body-shaming is still real. We as people would think that since the world is changing that many things would stop and become played out, but that’s definitely not the case.”
Noonie isn't alone in her decision to draw attention to body-shaming. Fitness trainers, plus-size bloggers, and even actress Hillary Duff have recently used social media as a platform to discuss size stigma. It's absolutely important to highlight the work our society still has to do to embrace body positivity, but it's also necessary to focus on the context surrounding Noonies' original post: the story of her own journey of self-love.
"Moral of the story is if you're struggling with loving you're self step back and point out the things you love about yourself and start accepting you as a person," she wrote. "Is it easy? FUCK NO! But I promise you once you love who you are and accept who you are you will feel like the baddest bitch walking and not a negative goblin can stop you. Remember self love is the best love."
Clap backs are always entertaining, but the real moral of this story? You too can commit to live your life and love yourself, look cute in crop tops, and by totally unbothered by trolls.