Hebron woman takes a stance against body-shaming

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(WTNH)– Nicole Henry went to Facebook July 14 to share her thoughts after Playboy model Dani Mathers body-shamed a woman at the gym.

The 2015 Playmate of the year took a Snapchat of the woman in a Los Angeles gym locker room with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

Henry was on her phone when she first saw the body-shaming post. She had seen several similar posts, but this one struck a nerve.

“It just really bothered me,” she said. “The woman was at the gym, she was trying to do something good for herself and she didn’t deserve to have her picture taken.”

KABC-TV reported that in another Snapchat post, Mathers sent an apology.

“I just wanted to acknowledge a photo I accidentally posted here on Snapchat earlier today and let you guys know that was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do,” Mathers said.

The post angered people all over the country, including Henry.

“I started thinking about how fat people, like me, get judged by some solely by our outward appearance, and that really bothered me. Now, before I continue, let me mention that I know I am fat and so when I use that adjective I am doing it in a matter-of-fact way. Anyone who looks at me can tell I’m not hiding a six pack under my shirt,” Henry captioned in her post.

Henry went to the store and bought a two-piece bathing suit – the first one she had ever bought. While she was trying it on at the store she overheard a child say something that moved her.

“I debated doing this, but while I was in the store looking for a bathing suit to wear I heard a little girl tell her mom how badly she wanted to lose weight. I want people to know that it’s ok to be fat and happy. End rant.‪#‎thisbodymaybefatbut,” Henry captioned.

Henry’s post has already gotten a lot of attention. Her family and friends supported her. Soon strangers were responding to it too. People as far away as Australia have shared it. Cosmopolitan now has an article about her on its website.

“It just blew up,” said Henry. “People kept liking it and liking it and liking it. I was getting a ton of friend requests and a ton of messages. It was crazy and it was wonderful and it was so nice.”

Though there were a few negative comments, Henry says they were mostly positive. She was surprised by how many people feel self-conscious about their bodies.

“A lot of strangers [are] writing to me and saying I was afraid to take pictures with my kids but now because of you I’m gonna do it,” said Henry.

Mathers has since deleted the picture, but the Los Angeles police are now investigating. Mathers has now set most of her social media accounts to private.

LA Fitness tweeted that it has ended her gym membership.

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