Actress Jameela Jamil and Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio got into a heated discussion on Twitter over Jamil's comments that some runway models look like "long-starved, terrified teenagers."
Jamil tweeted this comment about a runway show:
Oh my god 😍😍😍 this looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful. https://t.co/hck5n6e9Xu— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 13, 2019
Sampaio responded, writing:
“How about celebrating someone without bringing other people down? Calling runway models ‘long-starved terrified teenager’ is extremely offensive. From someone that is always preaching for body positivity this just screams hypocrisy.”
“I didn’t say all models in my tweet so try to calm down,” she said. “But I will say there is a *vast* majority issue with young girls starving themselves, and using drugs and cocaine to control their weight, to meet the very small sample sizes. If you don’t see that, then you are in a bubble.”
“You didn’t say all models, sure, but you still chose to attack girls... And when you talk like you know for sure majority of [models] Have eating disorders and drug problems, when that’s not the case.
“It’s very simple to celebrate someone without having do drag other people. And make general negative assumptions about a whole group of people."
Jamil wrote back:
"you MIDUNDERSTOOD the tweet in the first place… it was Not taking aim at *kids* for being starved and afraid.
“Just to be very clear, calling out the fashion industry for needing more size, age, racial, and disability inclusion because media bleeds into our culture, which informs our society, and therefore affects our minds… is *very much so* a hill I’m willing to die on.”
“You also proudly work for a transphobic, fat phobic company @SaraSampaio. Victoria’s Secret is a brand that sets out to exclude most women, so I would check yourself on that before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls.”
"[Victoria's Secret] made mistakes [and[ understands that and has been working on changing that... I’m also not someone that is going to resource on personal attacks to try to win some stupid twitter feud!”
“If you’re speaking out against what your company did then GREAT. I look forward to seeing your activism on that with your big profile,” she tweeted. “You seem passionate about speaking out. So best of luck to you on helping young girls and trans people in this business. ❤️”
“you never need to bash other people to celebrate others.”
Who do you agree with?