MAFS star Martha Kalifatidis has built up a loyal online following since her time on the show in 2019, thanks to her enviable style, outspoken commentary and stunning looks.
It seems, however, that even Martha can find herself being bullied over impossible and ever-changing beauty standards online.
Not that she’s taking it lying down.
The reality star has uploaded a defiant, and very racy snap to Instagram this week as an X-rated response to nasty comments made about perceived ‘weight gain’ on an earlier video.
The pint-sized TV star bared all in the unusually no-frills photo, posing in just a high-waisted pair of white briefs in the mirror selfie snapped on her bed.
With wet hair, no makeup and no shirt, Martha got candid about the negative effects the nasty comment had had on her.
Martha lifts lid on troll’s ‘chubby’ comment
After an unusually inactive two week on social media, Martha revealed it was one specific comment about her weight on a video she uploaded din late May that had kept her from sharing her usual content.
In the original video, Martha was advertising a moisturising cream which she applied to her whole body, sporting a white crop and briefs for the demonstration.
At least one fan thought Martha, who is well below the average size of most Australian women, was looking ‘chubby’ in the video and told her so.
Now Martha has revealed the comment took a serious toll on her mental wellbeing.
“Two weeks ago some lady commented “chubby” on one of my posts... I normally shrug the trolls off but this one got to me,” she admitted in the photo’s caption.
“It turned into two weeks of stress, self-hatred and unhappiness.”
She went on to slam the comment, and she didn’t hold back.
“So here’s a ‘F**k You’ to that comment,” she wrote. “A photo of me today, unfiltered, unedited and a few kilo’s heavier. Knowing that a few long walks and a few salads will get me back on track.”
“My message to you, and the purpose of this post, is that if you’re feeling bad about the snacks you’ve eaten, the workouts you haven’t done and the number on the scale... self-loathing won’t fix shit, trust me! “ she continued.
“I’m not looking for sympathy or reassurance in the comments (I hate those type of posts!). I want you to know that putting on weight is not the end of the world, and if you have ppl in your life or on social media that have something to say about your weight they best have a set of abs or they can f**k right off!”
Fans praise ‘raw’ post
The strongly-worded post prompted an outpouring of support from her fans and peers, who backed up her message of self-love.
“Your body is incredible,” sexologist Chantelle Otten wrote. “No one ever has a right to discuss how much space it is or isn’t taking up, nor how you present it.”
“Stupid trolls,” another agreed. “You are beautiful my girl. Always.”
Others revealed the stirring message behind the post had helped them overcome their own struggles with body image.
“Been hating myself all weekend because I’ve put on 3.5kgs since corona,” one woman shared. “Needed this post.”
“I love this post because it’s raw and real and it resonates with me,” another wrote.
Martha was a contentious figure during her time on MAFS but has admittedly never let others’ opinions stand in the way of her often outrageous social media posts.
She memorably once had fans gobsmacked when she revealed she would be attending dinner in nothing but a G-string in a very cheeky post.
She has also raised-eyebrows when an LA night out on the town was undertaken in a sheer jumper with nothing but the skin she was born in visible underneath.
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