Pinups Against Body Shaming - by Miss Chan Delier
My name is Miss Chan Delier. I am a full time pinup and pinup model based in Oslo Norway. I won my first pinup contest in 2016, Miss Pinup international and I was the first Scandinavian / Norwegian finalist in Miss Viva Las Vegas in 2018.
I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram account and the picture was reposted by a big brand. After a few days I received a DM with screenshots of some of the comments that was made on the photo. They wrote that I was “too fat “ to wear a certain dress. They wrote that I had to wear shape wear to look good enough in that dress.
It was like someone had punched me in my stomach. And then I got furious! What gives anyone the right to comment on other people’s body’s? How can we not understand that those comments can be very damaging? Not only for the people who is being targeting but also for people to reading the comments. I received so many texts from other people who was comparing themselves with me and they told me how insecure they felt about themselves because they were reading comments about my body.
I confronted those people who was body shaming me and one of the answers I received was “you have to expect to hear that when you post photos of yourself on the internet “. I believe that’s wrong. I believe that we have to think twice before commenting on social media and I believe we can make a difference.
Would you like to help me revolutionize the industry?
For the past weeks I have experienced, seen and heard cruel stories about body shaming. This has touched me deeply, and I would like to do something about it. Therefore, I have started the #PinupsAgainstBodyShaming movement, and I would like for all of you to take a minute, read through my intention, and if you stand behind my message – regram one (or more) of my #PinupsAgainstBodyShaming pictures.
I believe we all have a responsibility for making the world a bit better. The pinup community is all about sisterhood, empowerment and embracing each other, no matter what we look like, and I want us to make this message even stronger.
Why I think this matters:
- Body shaming is hurtful and unnecessary
- Body shaming will not affect just the ones being targeted, but also other people reading it.
- Body shaming can lead to depression, eating disorders, and/or low self-esteem.
I think that the bigger brands need to take their share of the responsibility.
My goals are therefore to:
- Make the bigger brands take a stand when talking about body positivity.
- Make guidelines for body shaming on their social media pages, and remove people who violates this. Many of the bigger brands regrams pictures showing non-models, and although no one deserves to be body shamed, non-models might be less prepared for potential body shaming. As of now, most brands just ignore this happening.
- Use models of different sizes, skin tones, ethnicity, and include disabled bodies, in a bigger variation than what we have seen so far. This regards both professional and non-professional models. By normalizing every body, we also reduce the body shaming.
My goal is not to shut people down, but simply make people stop and think before they post. If the bigger brands take a stand, this will affect all of us.
Who’s with me?
Collaboration with Fifi Von tassel/Fetmenfattet.
Images sourced from @miss.chandelier