Plussize model betrapt mede-passagier op fatshaming en confronteert hem

Fatshaming, een van de vele vormen van bodyshaping gebeurt helaas heel vaak. Zo ook bij Natalie Hage, een plussize model. Zij betrapte tijdens een vlucht naar Los Angeles de man naast haar terwijl hij berichten stuurden naar vrienden over haar gewicht. ‘Als mijn vliegtuig niet van de grond afkomt, dan weten jullie waarom.’ Natalie liet het hier niet bij zitten en confronteerde de man én deelde haar verhaal online.

Natalie Hage is plussize model en promoot body positivity. Ze was onderweg naar een fotoshoot in Los Angeles toen ze naast een zeer onaangename man zat in het vliegtuig. Die ze dus betrapte op enkele vervelende berichten over haar. Ze was zo slim om foto’s te maken van het voorval en confronteerde hem laten (de video staat iets verder in dit artikel).

i'm shaking right now. i'm on a flight to LA right now on @americanair. i paid almost $70 extra for this seat i'm in because i know i need a little extra leg room. i'm extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so i had to take what i could get. as soon as i sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. i see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. so, naturally next time he texts, i take a look. the texts were about me and i'm almost positive he took photos of me. not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named 'linda' chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can't even see the situation. if you can't read the texts, it says 'hopefully she didn't have any mexican food' and his response is 'i think she ate a mexican'. then he proceeds to say he's leaving a 'neck mark on the window' because he's so smashed against the wall. from the photos, you can see i'm not in his space. he's even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side…which is in my seat. his next text to her was 'if the news reports a DFW airbus a321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.' another i see later? 'if these seats don't hold, it's not going to matter.' and that's just a few of them. there were several more. i didn't do anything to him. i'm in my seat, completely (see photos). i am crumpled into a ball trying to not bother. i'm just so upset. i asked the other man to my right if he'd switch me and told him what the man was saying about me and he said laughed and refused. that's fine, it's not his issue. this is a fat person's daily reality and not just on a plane. this is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. you can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. all you can do is know you haven't done anything wrong just by existing and to move on. this just makes me a mixture of enraged and super sad.

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De man ontkende in eerste instantie, maar toen ze zei dat ze foto’s had bood hij eerst zijn excuses aan, maar ging vervolgens verder met bodyshaming. Ongelofelijk vinden wij. Daarom delen we vandaag de confrontatie van Natalie met de man door de video die zij opnam met haar telefoon:

Haar aanpak ging viraal en de steunbetuigingen aan het adres van Natalie stroomden binnen. Ze deelde daarom op haar Instagram de volgende post:

Petje af hoor Natalie! Ontzettend goed dat ze zo iemand durft te confronteren en voor haarzelf opkomt.

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(Bron: Viralthread/ Nataliemeansnice, hoofdbeeld: iStock)

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