Plus-size model Rosie Mercado dropped from 410 lbs to 170 lbs after a tummy tuck, skin removal surgery, and of course, rigorous diet and exercise. Through the whole process, she was very public on social media, proudly sharing before-and-after images like the one below.
I got hate mail from fans who told me to go jump of a bridge and kill myself … They just hated the thought that I was really public about my weight loss and that I was losing weight … I don’t think they liked how public I was about my weight loss and getting a tummy tuck and skin removal and just being authentic and real about it. But I’m happier at the end of the day.
Obviously, body acceptance, personal health, and the role of the fashion industry in dictating beauty standards are complicated, interconnected issues fraught with emotion for many people. But regardless of how you feel, why would you tell someone to kill herself? That's psychotic.
Luckily, it doesn't seem to be keeping Mercado down.
Kudos to this lady on being happy.