‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ Star Whitney Way Thore Explains Why She Isn’t Afraid to Call Herself Fat

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Whitney Way Thore doesn’t have an issue with calling herself fats. In an August 31 Instagram post, the star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life defended her use of the phrase to explain herself after some followers who took difficulty with the way in which she talked about her physique. 

“I don’t need to distance myself from the word fat. I don’t need a euphemism,” she wrote within the prolonged social media post. 

Whitney Way Thore’s throwback picture sparked the talk 

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The debate over using the phrase fats began on August 27, when Thore shared a throwback picture of herself as a younger lady carrying a rainbow swimsuit with an animal print sample. 

“Bringing you high fashion since 1988. But seriously, can I get this suit in size fat?” she wrote. 

While many individuals bought a kick out of the enjoyable ‘80s-era snapshot, a number of Thore’s almost 1 million Instagram followers felt the necessity to touch upon the way in which she talked about herself — and reassure her that she was lovely.

“Don’t you dare smack talk yourself,” one wrote. 

“You are not fat…. you are beautiful!!” one other commented.

The ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ star referred to as the feedback ‘insulting’

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A couple of days in the past I posted a pic from the ‘80s and stated I needed the swimsuit I used to be carrying in a “size fat” and I bought so many feedback that I didn’t count on, so right here’s just a bit reminder that… ✨it’s really insulting to insist {that a} fats one that has recognized as fats really isn’t fats. If you attempt to persuade me in any other case, you’re merely reinforcing the notion that being fats is unhealthy and never making any rattling sense as a result of I’m clearly fats. ✨telling a fats particular person some variation of, “You’re not fat; you’re beautiful!/funny!/smart!/successful!” implies that you haven’t reconciled that an individual can concurrently be fats and possess good qualities and be likable…and that’s an issue so that you can work out, not fats individuals. ✨it’s disrespectful to inform somebody that the way in which they determine is unsuitable. I personally cringe myself into the ether over phrases like “fluffy,” “chunky,” and so on. I don’t have to distance myself from the phrase fats. I don’t want a euphemism. If it makes you uncomfortable, once more, that’s on you, not me ✨for a lot of fats individuals, myself included, there was a protracted journey of acceptance in utilizing the phrase “fat” as a descriptor like every other — quick, brunette, and white are additionally adjectives I exploit to explain me and none are good or unhealthy, they simply are. Let fats individuals name themselves fats and acknowledge it isn’t a put-down. ❤️

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Thore’s followers appeared to imply properly, however their remarks didn’t sit proper with the fact star. In a follow-up post, she defined why she didn’t hesitate to name herself fats and why she had an issue when individuals tried to inform her she shouldn’t use that phrase.

“It’s actually insulting to insist that a fat person who has identified as fat actually isn’t fat,” she wrote. “If you try to convince me otherwise, you’re simply reinforcing the notion that being fat is bad and not making any damn sense because I am obviously fat.” 

Insisting an individual was not fats however “beautiful!/funny!/smart!/successful!” wasn’t really empowering, Thore argued. Instead, it “means that you have not reconciled that a person can simultaneously be fat and possess good qualities and be likable.”

“It’s disrespectful to tell someone that the way they identify is wrong,” she added. Thore went on to clarify that she was on a “long journey” to accepting the phrase fats as impartial and treating it “as a descriptor like any other — short, brunette, and white are also adjectives I use to describe me and none are good or bad.” Calling herself fats wasn’t a “put-down,” she concluded. 

Many followers appreciated Thore’s feedback  

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A couple of individuals thought Thore was being impolite or defensive and that she ought to simply settle for the compliments from her followers. But a lot of Thore’s followers appreciated her shedding mild on why she was OK calling herself fats. 

“I really need to find a way to make peace with this word,” one replied. “Thank you for this post. It’s motivating.”

“This goes so deep for me,” one other commented. “It took me 15 years to be comfy calling myself fat. Now that I do, I feel more beautiful than I ever have before.”

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