Irish model Maeve Madden reveals she was being body shamed for gaining weight
Irish model Maeve Madden has opened up about being body shamed, saying that her reaction is to "laugh it off."
The fitness guru shared a post with her 118k followers detailing how she was recently body shamed for gaining weight after taking time off training due to an injury.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Maeve said that she received comments on her weight when she shared a selfie following her ijnury.
"I took a selfie and someone commented saying that I was 'looking fatter.' Of course I gained weight, I wasn't training and had taken time off due to an injury. Weight goes up and down.
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"When people meet me, they often say that I look smaller in real life. A lot of fitness bloggers don't share videos because their photos are so edited.
"I've met bloggers who have a tiny waist and long legs in photos, then when I meet them they don't look like that at all. I do live videos because I'm happy and healthy and I don't care."
Despite having developed a thick skin, Maeve said that it's hard not to take offense when people send hurtful comments.
"My reaction is to just laugh it off, I've grown a thick skin over the years, but sometimes you can't help but take offense.
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"One comment is okay, but when there's a few, it's harder. When I saw them the first thing I did was call my mother. It makes you think.
"There's a lot of pressure when you're in the public eye. I've a great following and great support, but comments like that make you re-think things."
Maeve, who is based in London and works as a personal trainer, emphasised: "No one should body shame anyone, no matter what size they are."
"Everyone is different. I want to be curvier, have abs and have a big bum, but some of my clients want to be quite skinny. Everyone's definition of perfect is different.
"People shouldn't pass comments on other people's bodies. Kate Moss said, 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,' but I don't agree with that. Nothing tastes as god as healthy feels."
In the post that Maeve shared, it shows a photo of her when she was working as a model at 47.2kg, and a photo of her now.
However, the difference in her weight isn't the most important thing to Maeve in the photos - it's how she feels mentally.
"In the first photo, I had never been so unhappy. The pressure in the modelling industry is unbelievable.
"There was such a pressure to be skinny. I thought I was fat in that photo, I had total body dysmorphia.
"I said I was 47kg there, but I was probably even less. I was eating 800 calories a day.
"I remember that photo being taken. I was going to Miami for work but I was feeling so shitty and faint. I was so sad.
"Now, I'm 10kg heavier but I don't feel heavier, I feel happy. I love my job and what I do."
While social media is known for its ability to distort reality, Maeve says that being completely honest is part of her role as an influencer.
"People message me and say I'm the only completely honest blogger that they follow. I don't think you should sugar coat anything, it's not reality.
"Being online means you're inspiring young girls, and I want to show them how you can be independent and work hard.
"It takes a lot of confidence to share a transformation picture and it's hard to put yourself out there, but I do because it's my life and it's reality."
I have never felt more healthy Happy and confident in myself than i do right now.. As u can see I have come a long way and I am so proud but TODAY on social media I was BODY SHAMED for gaining weight.. I look at these 2 pictures & I can literally see how miserable I was. As a model I felt so much pressure to be skinny and I had no idea just how much damage I was doing to myself. I was underweight, my HAIR was so broken and thin, i had terrible acne, I couldn’t sleep, my anxiety was shocking as for my diet, Eating healthy fats and protein every day was a huge no no, I counted every calorie, and killed myself in the gym doing hours of cardio. I wouldn’t dare have lifted a weight. I had 0 motivation, 0 passion for my job, I couldn’t have been more unhappy. Now, I literally love the life i live. I have gained 10kg or more I don't even weigh myself.. I feel stronger healthier & happier in everything I do both physically and mentally . My lifestyle consists of nutritious real food, packed with protein & fats, fuelling my workouts .My hair literally doesn’t stop growing & my acne has cleared up. I wish I could go back in time & tell myself to wise up and eat a god damn burger. I love my new job and sharing it with you all. So be the very best version of yourself.. Today when a few people actually fat shamed me I lol , because i literally wouldn’t take all the money in the world to going back to being that skinny unhappy girl. People will always try and put u down, don’t worry about them, for anyone who isn’t happy for you probably isn't happy themselves. Don't let anyone attack ur confidence or self-esteem, those people can see just how wonderful you are & they probably just wish they wr you. So to all the haters, and anyone hating on any of my supportive crew, if you can’t be kind then just be quiet ur not welcome here. Kind people are my kinda people, anyone who tries to bring u down is already below you. 💕