Reactions to Gillette Venus’ Post of a Plus-Sized Model Border On Just Plain Cruel

April 11, 2019
Razor brand Gillette faces backlash after posting a puls-size model.

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Several brands have jumped on the bandwagon to promote a more inclusive image of beauty. 

The latest to make the attempt was razor brand Gillette Venus.

The brand's Twitter account posted a photo of a plus-sized instagram model  clad in in a swimsuit on the beach with the caption "Go out there and slay the day ----"

The response that ensued was polarizing.

Many criticized the brand for promoting obesity.

"Obesity causes cardiovascular diseases, type 2 Diabetes, sleep apnea, depression & certain types of cancer and death. Why would you show younger girls a picture like this? Another reason not to purchase your products," @lovinbeauty tweeted.

"99% sure the woman in the photo is on an anti-depressant and/or statins. I have several loved ones that are obese. I'm all for making ppl feel comfortable in their skin, but let's not glamorize obesity, please. It is NOT healthy. Supportive is fine. Encouragement is cruel," @CryptoNoobGirl tweeted.

However, some users embraced the image.

"This is important to show younger girls so they don’t starve themselves to look like the skinny models most brands show," @evaarnett02 tweeted.

The brand responded to the backlash with a statement showing that they stand behind the decision to embrace Anna and all of her curves.

"Venus is committed to representing beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and skin types because ALL types of beautiful skin deserve to be shown. We love Anna because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the “rules” say she should display it --" 

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