Brisbane born twin sisters Lisa and Jess Origliasso make up the pop group The Veronicas. The 31 year old sisters are hitting back at body shamers who say they are too thin and should just ‘go and eat a cheeseburger.’
After posting a photo on their Instagram account they were furious to read the hateful comments that proceeded to appear.
One follower said, “I don’t think you need to be a qualified doctor to realise that a cheeseburger would do them good”.
Another said: “Jesus, they’re too thin”, “holy crap what happened to them” and “they look anorexic, not healthy”.
One of the sisters, Jess Origliasso instantly responded with the following reply:
The twin sisters have always had a small frame and yet are constantly being scrutinised for being too skinny and thus promoting anorexia. The girls are vegetarian and follow a very healthy eating diet. In fact they posted what they would eat in a day for a hater who offered to buy them food:
Jess Origliasso has said why she’s decided to speak up against the online trolling they receive about their skinny frames. “It’s become challenging because it’s constant. It’s usually people who aren’t invested in us as artists, they don’t know what’s going on in any capacity. They have these big opinions and it’s very frustrating. None of it makes sense. It’s like, people who want to make noise to make noise. Usually it’s unintelligent assumptions. I can’t stand the comment ‘Eat something’ — assuming we don’t eat. It’s society standards that people buy into that have been set by schools, government, media … health in general in a mainstream sense is not talked about in the way it should be talked about. Therefore people come to these completely inaccurate assumptions.
“Telling us, ‘You don’t need to be a qualified doctor to realise a cheeseburger would do them good’ — the ignorance in that one comment alone. I facepalmed my forehead maybe four times before answering. It infuriates me, health is something that I’m really passionate about, probably because we’ve been given such a hard time about it for a long time — for our entire career. Having that discussion might make a difference rather than body shaming every woman who looks too skinny or too fat by society’s standards. We have a tiny mother, we have tiny frames. We are very vocal about health and diet. Our food pyramid isn’t necessarily the food pyramid we’re taught about in school; the food pyramid we adhere to has a lot of good fats, we eat a lot of olive oil, avocado, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, really good oil, massive amounts of healthy carbs — potato and sweet potatoes. I can’t imagine people who have a healthier, more sustainable diet than us. To have a career for this long in this industry for as long as we have, you have to. So to be told by some troll on Facebook that eating a cheeseburger would help our situation because in their mind that makes them feel better … No, stop, you’re making noise in the wrong direction.
“They’re buying into society’s idea that skinny people equals certain jobs — pop stars are skinny, models are skinny, people have to starve themselves to be successful. They’re buying into this rhetoric that isn’t a part of us or anything we stand for or anything that’s a part of our lifestyle.”
“This is a conversation that needs to happen for young women. Obviously we are of a minority, with our body frames — we understand that, it’s not worth defending that. But we are passionate about health. We will have the conversation about health. Trying to degrade the conversation to an ignorant statement is not a part of our understanding. I will happily sit down and debate that in an intelligent conversation, but usually these people aren’t interested in intelligent conversations, they’re interested in making themselves feel better momentarily by trying to tell us we’re promoting anorexia or whatever else they’re trying to hang on us. That is honestly so hurtful,” the sisters went on to say.
Just because someone is skinny it doesn’t make it ok to body shame them. Telling Jess and Lisa to eat a hamburger is just as bad as telling a bigger girl not to. Body shaming is body shaming no matter what your size!
Photos courtesy of Instagram and Google Images.