PHOTO: Alexa Chung Instagram Image Causes ‘Thinspo’ Firestorm

Alexa Chung has deleted a photo of herself on Instagram after coming under fire from the site’s users for looking too skinny.

The 28-year-old model turned MTV host turned Madewell designer posted an image of her and her mother to the photo sharing site Monday night. Chung is wearing a denim shirt dress that shows off her inarguably slender legs. Thus began the barrage of comments, which ran the gamut from cruel (“Ur ugly”) to envious (“Give me your legs”) to patronizingly concerned (“THIS degree of skinny is frankly alarming, sadly. It is equally alarming that people ENVY this degree… as it is NOT a healthy degree of underweight. Certainly, they shouldn’t want to be like this.”).

Eventually Chung herself responded:

Hi, I am here. I can read. Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I’m not trying to be thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private. Byyyyyeeee.

After deleting the image, Chung did indeed make the account private, but the entire exchange raises some important question about “thinspo”, body image, and the public versus private. The size of Chung’s legs are nobody’s business but her own — and we can’t help but wish everyone would follow the Crystal Renn rule of body conversations: just ignore it. Whether Chung is naturally slim or not is up to her — and doesn’t actually have any effect on the “thinspo” argument. Because while everyone is talking about her legs, the real conversation has nothing to do with Chung at all.


Image via Chung’s Instagram.

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