Supermodel Ashley Graham has called out social media trolls after they criticised videos of her working out.
The plus-size model posted an Instagram clip of herself at the gym, using the hashtag #curvyfit, to show that the gym is for everyone.
Her post, which reached over 5.3 million Instagram followers, received negative comments from users, which Graham listed in a second post.
Some of the comments included; ‘You’ll never be skinny, stop trying’, ‘You still need your fat to be a model’, and ‘Why do you want to lose what made you famous?’.
Graham told users of the site that she receives hundreds of these messages every time she posts a workout video.
Issuing about PSA to her followers, Graham clapped back:
“For the record — I workout to: stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of ’em, stay flexible and strong, have more energy.
I don’t work out to lose weight or my curves, because I love the skin I’m in.”
According to experts, who have supported Graham’s post, exercise can have huge benefits that are completely unrelated to weight loss.
Working out can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, will strengthen your bones and help to eradicate depression or anxiety.
One study, in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that people who work out in their teenage years live longer.
The 29-year-old was the first size 14 model to ever feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine and has been dubbed as the ”leader for the body positive movement”.