If you're going to write body-shaming comments about actress Tia Mowry on Instagram, watch out. And prepare to be gently, directly, and politely corrected on how your behavior is harmful. Instagram commenters have been theorizing, as they do about any female celebrity with a human body, that Mowry is pregnant. She's not. She explained on HuffPost Live:
I am not pregnant, I am just happy. I've gained these extra 10 [or] 15 pounds because of my cooking show. … I'm just enjoying life and when I want to drop the pounds, I will, but right now I'm happy with who I am. But it is a form of body shaming, I will say that, and it's pretty unfortunate. ...We live in a society that is so obsessed with being perfect … why can't we just be us?
You never really see Instagram commenters theorizing that female celebrities are happy.
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Mowry went on:
We need to be more supportive with body images, especially with women, showing that all sizes are beautiful. And I'm talking about in magazines, advertisement[s] in regard to what's sexy and what's not sexy. We all need to be a little more supportive of each other. I think if we start there, we'll see a difference.