Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson causes outrage with new book
Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson used to be the out of control party girl that cried about pretty much anything as she graced our screens each week.
And then, out of no where, she ditched her slightly creepy American boyfriend for fitness enthusiast Ryan Libbey, and became his personal muse.
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Louise's instagram account is now a far cry from her party days.
Now filled with dreamy holiday aesthetics, rock hard abs and fitness routines that seem reserved for the gymnastic olympic team, Louise has completely reinvented herself.
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And like most celebrities that undergo dramatic body transformations, Louise has recently brought out a diet and fitness book sure to tell us that through hard work (not copious amounts of money), we too can look as great as her. And there's nothing wrong with that.
The problem is rather the title of the book: BODY POSITIVE.
Parading her chiselled body and clutching a no-doubt 'clean' smoothie, Louise's book stamps the words 'BODY POSITIVE' across an image that goes against everything the body positive movement was founded to support.
The body positivity movement, which has gained momentum in recent years, encourages people to adopt a loving and forgiving attitude towards their bodies.
Body positivity is/was a movement that was created to celebrate bodies that were seen as outside of what is conventionally attractive. More specifically: fat bodies.— Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) November 29, 2017
Body positivity is NOT about celebrating the diet industry.
It seeks to improve self-esteem by accepting one's image, which is not the total sum of your worth.
This might help you understand. Your cover photo represents everything the diet industry promotes and the self hatred it causes. pic.twitter.com/P5H6w5HQed— kara (@KaraKaravuitton) November 29, 2017
So understandably, people aren't happy with Louise's appropriation of the term to mean slimming down and toning up. Essentially for Louise, your body is only 'positive' if you subject it to rigorous dieting and exercise.
She is literally hijacking 'body positive' to cash in on the very industry the body positive movement is seeking to counter the effects of.
So you are cashing in on the body positivity movement? Hmm mite want to do some research to find out the negative effect and the harm you will cause by choosing this title. But its ok plenty of time before may to do the right thing.— nelle Kings (@jnlkings) November 28, 2017
You clearly don’t understand what body positivity actually means. Using ‘that’ title to make money.— kara (@KaraKaravuitton) November 29, 2017
Hey @LouiseAThompson , just wondering how promoting diet culture and encouraging people to change their bodies is body positive?— Leigh 🐢 (@leighturtle) November 28, 2017
Is my body not good enough? Because the only way I could ever look like you is surgery.
Louise you MUST change the title for this book can't u see how ridiculously offensive and tone deaf it is??— Sarby (@SarbyR79) November 28, 2017
Being body positive is not about dieting, and rigorous exercise or being slim. It's about accepting your body; slim, curvy, tall, short - whatever.