- Influencer Arielle Noa Charnas shared a photo of her post-baby body on Instagram, saying she was proud of her figure.
- Many people praised her toned physique and said she should be proud of what she achieved.
- But others weren’t so complimentary, saying the post was “tone deaf” and “unnecessary.”
- Despite the criticism, many people commented saying it was great that Charnas felt confident, and the most important lesson was loving bodies, whatever their size and shape.
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Arielle Noa Charnas has over a million followers on Instagram thanks to her fashion and fitness posts, and her brand Something Navy.
On Tuesday, she shared a picture she took of herself in a bikini, with the caption: “Proud of my body after two kids.”
She received many comments from fans flattering her for her toned physique, saying she looked “amazing” and calling her a “hot momma.”
But not everyone delivered praise. Among the positive words of kindness were also a few comments that asked Charnas to acknowledge she has access to a lot more resources to get her body looking a certain way than many other mothers.
“Thank you @ariellecharnas for acknowledging your privilege / multiple caregivers who made your excessive workouts possible,” wrote Sophie Flack, adding, “oh wait.”
Another fitness influencer, Katheryn Meadows, posted that Charnas’ figure was a result of genetics.
“I’m sorry @ariellecharnas. This is just terribly tone deaf and I thought you were better than this nonsense,” she wrote. “I’m also a size zero after two kids, but come on babe, this is genetics. Pls be proud but own your privilege.”
One commenter called the post “unnecessary,” and another said that “99.9% of women could not have this body unless they starved themselves for a very long time.”
“Would’ve loved to see you thank the people who enabled you to spend so much time/energy/money on your body…” one person said. “Or maybe using a platform for social justice and encouraging change and not just the patriarchal view that women should look a certain way, no matter if their body has created human life or not.”
Others said Charnas should focus on having two children, and how that was the real thing to be proud of.
Actress Amanda Seyfried also got involved by sharing a post on Instagram of a comment one of her friends left on the photo. She wrote that Charnas had blocked them both.
“If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting,” Seyfried said in the caption. “We have to back ourselves up — not run away from the issues it presents.”
She added there are gray areas everywhere, but every person int he public eye has to “take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it.”
In the comment, Seyfried’s friend made three points: the fact that bounding back after two children isn’t so easy for those who can’t afford Charnas’s lifestyle, that she was glorifying an “unhealthy” and “emaciated” body image, and she should use her platform for something more meaningful.
“Why not use your platform to encourage more women to be ambitious business women, or say, run for office, or maybe, sheesh I don’t know, do something to help the kids literally dying in cages?” she wrote. “But what do I know, YOU DO YOU!”
Despite the criticism, many people commented saying it was great that Charnas felt confident, and the most important lesson was loving bodies, whatever their size and shape.
“We are all unique, right? You are beautiful with your self confidence!” she wrote. “Inspiring.”
INSIDER has reached out to Charnas for comment.
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