Storm Keating, who is married to singer Ronan Keating, called out ‘offensive’ comments about her body (Picture: Instagram)
Storm Keating has called out ‘offensive’ and ‘judgmental’ comments about her body after she shared a picture of herself wearing a bikini while hanging out with her son.
The fashion designer recalled being called hurtful names like ‘Skeletor’ and ‘toothpick’ when she was a child and how ‘insecure’ she felt about her body because she ‘didn’t feel “womanly”‘.
She posted the message in response to a comment she had on social media accusing her of ‘promoting a negative body image’.
Storm, who is married to singer Ronan Keating, said: ‘Last week I posted a photo of myself with my son on the beach. I was taken aback when my post was met by a few judgemental comments about my body size.
‘At first I wasn’t all that bothered because I know how these things go, but when the post kept getting traction & then the press started writing about it too, I’ve decided it would be constructive to address it. Not just for me, but for all women who are in a similar position to myself in one way or another.
‘Firstly I am not a stranger to people judging my body size, I have been thin my entire life like many other members of my extended family. As a kid I adopted unflattering nicknames like Skelator, Toothpick & Twiggy & was made to feel like a boy for not having curves & boobs.
‘I was insecure about my body for many years & didn’t feel feminine or ‘womanly’ because there is a strong message perpetuated that this is what it takes to look like a “real women”. As I got older I started enjoying the upside of having “skinny genes” and today feel grateful that I can eat what I want, when I want, and without having to worry about dieting or regular exercise routines.’
The mum-of-two, who recently underwent emergency spinal surgery, added that is ‘still a downside’ as people ‘assume that all woman with slight frames don’t eat’.
She went on: ‘This is simply not true and aside from being frustrating, this is also where it becomes offensive. One comment on my previous post claimed that the photo of my son & I on the beach was promoting negative body image, which basically implies that I shouldn’t post photos of myself and my children at the beach because of the way I look when wearing a swimsuit. That is absurd & rude.’
Storm stressed that people are ‘larger or skinnier than the “norm”‘ are still healthy and wanted to continue to spread positivity.
The blogger continued: ‘There is nothing unhealthy about me or my diet & I’d like to think that I promote a positive social media presence that focuses on wholesome values, family, kindness & love.’Original article published here.