Aside from being literally the best part of The Good Place, Jameela Jamil is an activist and outspoken critic of the more problematic parts of celebrity/influencer culture—especially when it comes to unrealistic beauty standards! Which brings us to Jameela’s recent tweet celebrating this amazing-looking runway—which apparently model Sara Sampaio took issue with due to the actress’ comment about “long-starved terrified teenagers.”
Oh my god 😍😍😍 this looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful. https://t.co/hck5n6e9Xu
Sara hit back at Jameela on Twitter, 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.”
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. https://t.co/JOBtY0yrui
Jameela responded with a fair point, explaining that she didn’t “say all models in my tweet,” and that the important thing to note here is that “the *vast* majority issue with young girls starving themselves, and using drugs and cocaine to control their weight, to meet the very small sample sizes.” She also told Sara that if she doesn’t see that, she’s in a “bubble.”
I also don’t preach “body positivity.” I talk about moving away from all talk of body, in order to combat our current pervasive issue of eating disorder culture, which is in NO small way perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be.
Sara still didn’t back down, saying “You didn’t say all models, sure, but you still chose to attack girls just so you can celebrate others. Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a [sic] exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole. And when you talk like you know for sure majority of.”
She also told Jameela it was simple to celebrate people without “dragging” others.
You didn’t say all models, sure, but you still chose to attack girls just so you can celebrate others. Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole. And when you talk like you know for sure majority of https://t.co/4hAIf379WP
It’s very simple to celebrate someone without having do drag other people. And make general negative assumptions about a whole group of people. most of these girls are teenagers! And they don’t deserved to be constantly put in a negative box like you just did.
Jameela fired back that this wasn’t “the hill” Sara wanted to die on, and doubled down on her comments about the modeling industry being “dangerous” for too many people.
“We have to call out what is societally wrong/dangerous, however, whenever, we can,” she said. “Regardless of whether or not it is appropriate or comfortable.”
Sara, respectfully, I don’t think this is the hill to die on. This industry is unlike other industries in that it makes professionals out of children, and informs culture and society, and is a standard set for young people everywhere. Fashion is a dangerous industry for too many. https://t.co/h0muUpRMtL
This idea that you should just be cute and not call out what is wrong Incase it offends people… is why change doesn’t happen faster. We have to call out what is societally wrong/dangerous, however, whenever, we can, regardless of whether or not it is appropriate or comfortable. https://t.co/h0muUpRMtL
Jameela also pointed out that she, too, was a model, and dropped this: “Perhaps you’re new to my work. Your beloved industry is highly toxic and you’re on the wrong side here”:
Um I was a model, and a model agent and a lot of my friends are still models and agents. Who are all struggling with ongoing unrealistic standards of this industry you benefit from, which is why you are fiercely defending it, and asking me to not call out its devastating wrongs. https://t.co/0bqMe3lkVA
I *constantly* call out the problems with the entire entertainment industry. It’s literally half my career, advocating against eating disorder culture promoted to women. Perhaps you’re new to my work. Your beloved industry is highly toxic and you’re on the wrong side here. https://t.co/xFGCQ4fuYm
The exchange went on for a while and there are way too many tweets to include here, but at the end of the day Jameela told Sara (who accused Jameela of using “derogatory words”) to “Find a better cause to fight for, because this ain’t it. You can do more than this, you’re smart. Help girls, don’t normalize this.”
I think you’re using your platform to defend something that is overwhelmingly negative for girls. That’s the only thing that is clear to me. Find a better cause to fight for, because this ain’t it. You can do more than this, you’re smart. Help girls, don’t normalize this. https://t.co/14YIP7Av9q
Honestly, this ended up being and interesting convo with a bunch of important points made, just sayin’!
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