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Lindsey Vonn Somehow Managed To Fat Shame Skinny Women For Not Being As Fit As She Is

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Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team addresses the mediaOlympic gold medalist and famously beautiful skier Lindsey Vonn might be injured, but she's still got it. By it, I mean a highly competitive spirit. The gifted athlete is featured in the March issue of  to Self Magazine and her interview proves that she is both human and kind of a jerk.

Despite being an athlete and sex symbol, even Tiger Woods' girlfriend feels insecure about her bod sometimes. Unfortunately expressing her insecurities included saying shitty things about other womens' bodies.

She told the magazine that she struggles at celebrity filled events because she takes up more room than other ladies:

“It's difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. It was hard to go to the Met ball, with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner.”

First things first, we have to suspend disbelief for a minute and pretend that Lindsey Vonn's body is radically different from the Hollywood norm. It isn't and that's why she's posing in a bikini in SELF, but let's pretend it is. 

Assuming to know what other people eat based on what they look like is rude. This statement smacks of sour grapes, that she has to presume the people who make her feel bad for existing are depriving themselves to look the way they do.

We haven't even gotten to her jerkishness yet. Let the skinny-shaming begin:

‘I don't envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people,' 

It's great that she loves her strong and beautiful professional athlete bod, but does she have to be so negative about these other women? It's not really her business whether or not they have cellulite and even if they do, it's shitty to point it out as if it makes them disgusting monsters. Maybe Vonn should consider that if an elite athlete can feel insecure, anyone can. She doesn't have to find skinny bodies enviable, but she shouldn't have to bash them. 

And yet she gets worse:

“I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It's sexy and beautiful to be strong.”

I agree with the second part, but the first is just a classic jerk move. Lindsey Vonn, it is uncool to joke like that. You don't know what other people eat, you shouldn't judge people based on their figures and it's patronizing to assume skinny women need help feeding themselves.   

Pitting body types against each other is always a shitty thing to do. There's no need to compare physiques, especially when yours has already competed and come out victorious in feats of athleticism.

via Daily Mail//Image via Getty