Hot on the heels of former Miss Universe Australia Olivia Molly Rogers’s defiant response to body-shaming trolls comes yet another example of appearance-based online bullying.
Bikini model and body-positive advocate Ariella Nyssa has revealed that she’s been the target of cruel jibes about her figure - specifically her ‘cellulite’ - via her private messages on Instagram.
The Sydney-based beauty, who boasts just shy of 360k followers on the social media platform, shared a photo of herself proudly showing off her derrière while clad in a yellow lacy bra and g-string set on Monday.
“I still get DMs all the time about my cellulite,” she began before listing a few examples of the types of ‘negative’ comments she receives.
“‘How do you get rid of cellulite?’, ‘your cellulite is too much, it looks so unappealing’, ‘your cellulite looks like a plastic bag shrivelled up in the snow’,” she quoted.
“These negative views on cellulite are STILL so precedent [sic] in this day and age and it makes me so friggen sad. Cellulite is beautiful! It’s a part of me. My marks that make me ME. I would never change them for the world, no matter what anyone else says!” she added.
Ariella concluded her impassioned caption by calling on women to be proud of their bodies.
“Your cellulite ROCKS gal, embrace it and LOVE IT,” she encouraged.
Body positive warrior
Ariella is committed to spreading a message of self-acceptance and body positivity on her Instagram page, which features candid snaps of herself wearing colourful bikinis and lingerie.
She recently launched ‘9.0 Swim x Ariella,’ a swimsuit collection with fashion e-tailer Beginning Boutique which comes in sizes 4 through to 18 and is modelled by women of different shapes and sizes as well as Ariella herself.
In late 2019, Ariella released an ebook titled The Self Love Bible along with a companion Instagram account @theselflovebible__ to promote ‘body conﬁdence, self love [and] advice’.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, however, with Ariella up and quitting social media in August following an overwhelming influx of nasty comments about her body.
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