Fashion model, Cassi Van Den Dungen has hit back at her critics after a slew of commentators judged her for being anorexic, too thin and perpetuating unhealthy eating habits after her recent appearance during the Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Australia.
At the time the Australian Next Top Model runner up’s appearance had many contemplating whether fashion designers were sending the wrong message to women by choosing to book the ultra waif thin model with many aghast with her deeply sunken cheeks and protruding bones.
Nevertheless, not one to shy away from controversy, the 21 year old went on to post a black white image of a model on instagram with the following overlaid words: ‘I think a lot of Overweight girls are hypocrites,’
‘I’m naturally tall and skinny, I eat what I want, I don’t starve myself, and I am beautiful’
‘So why are you allowed to love your curves, but it’s wrong for me to love my bones?’ Why is it okay for you to call me anorexic but horrible for me to call you fat?’
‘If you can tell me to ‘gain weight’, why can’t I tell you to lose weight?’
‘If you can feel beautiful for being big, I can feel beautiful for being small. Get over it.’
Her latest instagram posting included the following: ‘This is the last post on this subject. #GetOverIt #IAmWhoIAmDealWithIt #WordsToThinkAbout #IDontTolerateBullying.’
Perhaps in an effort to prove that she does maintain a healthy lifestyle, and eats plenty the model has also posted images of her meals. From bagels with cream and jam and nachos and fries. Although one wouldn’t be remiss if that too might be all staged and a publicity stunt as well, lest we all forget the business that Cassi Van Den Dungen perpetuates in.
Perhaps it’s true, being ultra thin might be beautiful to many and being obese on the other hand might be beautiful to others, but then that too leaves open the question why are we celebrating the extreme in society and not coming to terms with the fact that some models are too just too damn thin for the audience that they are meant to be showing for. Which is not to say thin can’t be beautiful, but then again who is Cassi Van Den Dungen really modeling for if not the average woman or is that just an illusion being perpetuated by the fashion industry too like the pictures of bagels and cream cheese on the side?