Kaia Gerber has had one hell of a month. In early September, days after her 16th birthday, Gerber walked in her first-ever runway show for Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein collection at New York Fashion Week. A week later, after walking for such designers as Marc Jacobs, Rihanna, and Alexander Wang, Gerber jetted to London to continue her fashion month reign. But despite her soaring career (not a total surprise considering she’s the daughter of iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford), Gerber has also been on the receiving end of criticism for—infuriatingly enough—her body.
On Thursday, Gerber shared an Instagram photo of her prepping for Fendi’s Milan Fashion Week show later that day. In the picture, Gerber sported blue hair, leopard-print pants, and a cropped band T-shirt exposing her bare stomach. And though Gerber went on to kill it as Fendi’s opening model, body-shaming trolls had to spoil the moment by focusing on her weight, rather than her achievements.
After posting the picture, Gerber was flooded with comments criticizing her body as “too thin.” Some comments slammed Gerber for promoting an “unhealthy” body type to followers who look up to her, while others speculated that she may be suffering from an eating disorder based on her figure. Below is a selection of the inane and infuriating comments.
“Is it just me or…. is she extremely skinny. I hope she takes care of herself.”
“Oh goodness you look too frail so I hope it is just the angle, lighting, and mirror. Hope your mama is watching over you good.”
“With the body of a 10 year old boy 😳 That’s scary.”
“She is gorgeous. I can see her spine in this pic. Burger time.”
“I hate to think of all the young girls out there using your, super thin, body as a example of what is ‘normal’. 😔”
Gerber’s fans came to her defense, arguing that her body type is simply “naturally thin.” Her followers also argued that, considering Gerber is 16, she is still developing and will naturally put on weight as she gets older. Clearly, we’re on the side of Gerber’s supporters. Health looks different on everyone and body-shaming, no matter what size someone is, is never OK. Though it’s well-meaning to be concerned for Gerber’s health, her body is her own and she 100-percent knows better for it than anonymous commenters on the Internet. TL;DR: This is a cue for body-shamers to be gone.