Ashley Graham Shut Down Instagram Trolls Who Left Body Shaming Comments On Her Workout Videos

Ashley Graham.
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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Model Ashley Graham recently posted a video of herself working out on Instagram.
  • The video was met with negative comments, prompting Graham to respond.
  • In a second Instagram post she told commenters that she works out to boost her internal health and her energy levels — not to change the way she looks.
  • "I don't work out to loose [sic] weight or curves, [because] I love the skin I'm in," she wrote.

Ashley Graham may be a world-famous model with a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover under her belt — but she's still dealing with clueless comments from body-shaming trolls on Instagram.

The latest bout of criticism came on Sunday, when Graham posted this video showing herself performing a glute-strengthening exercise, the BBC reports.

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While most of the video's comments expressed admiration for Graham's strength, there were plenty that focused on the size of her body.

Some were outright mean. "She actually works out?" one commenter wrote. "How is she still so fat?"

Others worried that Graham's workouts would change her body too much. "Don't be getting too skinny on me Ashley," one person wrote. "I love you because of your curves!"

The comments seem opposed — one critical, one supportive — but they're both misguided, as Graham explained in a follow-up Instagram post shared later on Sunday.

"EVERYTIME after I post a workout video I get comments like ... 'You'll never be skinny so stop trying,' 'Don't workout too hard, you'll get skinny,' 'You still need your fat to be a model,' 'Why would you want to loose [sic] what made you famous,'" Graham wrote in the post. "

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Graham went on to explain that her motivations for working out have nothing to do with appearance.

"Just for the record I work out to: stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of 'em, stay flexible and strong, gave more energy," she wrote. "I don't workout to loose [sic] weight or my curves, [because] I love the skin I'm in."

This is a valuable message. Unfortunately, it's often drowned out by all the before-and-after photos, gym advertisements, and fitspiration posts promoting the popular (but flawed) idea that weight loss is the only reason to work out.

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Appearance is not the only motivator for exercise. People might choose to work out solely for the stress relief, the feeling of a good sweat, the improvement in their blood pressure or cholesterol, the gains of strength. In fact, some studies suggest that people who work out for health-related reasons — rather than appearance-related reasons — have a healthier body image.

Luckily, it seems plenty of Graham's fans already know this.

"I don't understand why people think that working out is only to get skinny!" one person commented on Graham's second Instagram post. "Keep it up!!! Focus on your HEALTH!"

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