Saturday 29 April 2017

Amanda Brunker: ‘I’m a size 14. Does this mean I should never be complimented, Cheryl?’

Amanda Brunker (left) and Cheryl Fernandez Versini (right)
Amanda Brunker (left) and Cheryl Fernandez Versini (right)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for the X Factor Live Auditions, Event City, Manchester. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Amanda Brunker at The Etihad Airways International Charity Lunch and Fashion Show in aid of the Rape Crisis Centre.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini says fans need not be concerned about her weight
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for the X Factor auditions at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 19, 2015. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Amanda Brunker

Amanda Brunker

Hands up who thought Cheryl Fernandez Versini’s recent interview with In Style magazine smacked of fat shaming?

The X Factor star sure is making a big fuss about weight these days - both her lack of it and others who may carry a little more junk in the trunk.

According to Chezza,  it’s absolutely unacceptable to compliment a big girl because it sends out a bad message that it’s  okay to look curvy.

'It's crazy double standards. You'd never be allowed to say to somebody, "Oh, you look a bit fat." And being overweight is unhealthy – it's actually a bad message to tell someone who is obese that they look "curvy" or "great",' she says.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attends the first auditions for The X Factor 2015 on July 8, 2015 at Event City in Manchester, England.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attends the first auditions for The X Factor 2015 on July 8, 2015 at Event City in Manchester, England.

Seriously?

For a girl who doesn’t look like she’s eaten a hot meal since the noughties, she sure spouts a lot of hot nonsense.

Personally, I think her new skinnier body is horrendous.

There. I said it. I’m skinny shaming.

I’ve passed the age of worrying what men and other women think of me.  My work and children are my priorities and not fitting into my old size eight jeans is no longer at the top of my list of things I care about.

What I do worry about though, are all the young women who put her on a pedestal and see her as a role model. How many girls out there try to emulate her style and match her body shape?

Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker

Cheryl has stupidly defended herself by deflecting weight issues onto larger women, which is not only wrong - it’s offensive.

She even had the audacity to say: “It’s actually a bad message to tell someone who is obese that they look ‘curvy’ or ‘great’.”

As a woman who wears a size 14 and hence would be classed as obese, I take great offence to that statement. Okay, fine, I could probably stand to lose a few pounds but I’m in excellent health and I feel good – that’s all that should matter.

I scrub up well when the occasion calls for it and feel confident in my appearance. Don’t I deserve to be told I look well?

If Cheryl didn’t want discussion around her changing body shape, then she shouldn’t have debuted her ribcage in that shocking two-piece black trouser suit when she stepped out at the start of The X Factor season.

She has since learned (the hard way) that she was wrong, yet is still failing to admit any wrongdoing with her comments.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for the X Factor auditions at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 19, 2015. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for the X Factor auditions at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 19, 2015. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

She is a role model and a style icon and should respect the influence she holds over other women.

Cheryl, we’re rooting for you – but don’t make it so difficult for us to.

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