- Sara Petty, 20, took to Twitter to post photos of herself wearing a crop top, a bikini, booty shorts, and leggings to inspire girls to wear what they want
- Each photo features tweets from body-shamers who claim that women who weigh 200lbs or more shouldn’t wear certain items of clothing
- The student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio pointed out that all of the cruel tweets she found were from other women
Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com
18:29 EST, 18 March 2016
20:22 EST, 18 March 2016
A young woman has hit back at online body-shamers who say women of a certain size shouldn’t bare their midriffs or wear curve-hugging bottoms by sharing a series of photos of herself proudly modeling all of those pieces.
Sara Petty, a 20-year-old student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, took to Twitter to post snapshots of herself wearing a crop top, a bikini, booty shorts, and leggings alongside a series of nasty tweets that claim women who are ‘over 200lbs’ shouldn’t be wearing those items.
‘Girls: Wear whatever the hell you want,’ she captioned all four selfies.
Take that! Sara Petty has shut down body-shamers who claim women of a certain size shouldn’t bare their midriffs or wear form-fitting bottoms by sharing photos of herself proudly modeling all of those pieces
Making a point: The 20-year-old student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio paired each photo with cruel tweets she found on Twitter, although they weren’t directed at her
Sara was inspired to create the empowering Twitter post after she saw an online bully say that women who weigh 200lbs shouldn’t wear bikinis, and during a quick search, she found many tweets featuring similar messages.
Although the tweets she found weren’t aimed directly at her, she decided to fight their cruel messages by happily snapping photos of herself wearing all of the pieces people said curvy women shouldn’t wear.
In one of the images, Sara can be smiling at the camera as she poses in a paisley bikini top and teal bottoms.
Next to the selfie are pictures of three quotes from other women, including one from a Twitter user named Stephanie, which reads: ‘Please don’t wear a bikini if you’re 200 plus pounds. Thanks.’
Be proud: ‘Girls: Wear whatever the hell you want,’ Sara captioned the series of four images
Girl on girl crime: The blogger, who is studying public relations, pointed out that all of the cruel comments had come from other women
‘If you’re 200lbs, maybe a bikini isn’t for you,’ a woman named Tasha tweeted in 2014, using a smile face and bikini emojis.
Sara shared similar tweets alongside a photo of herself happily wearing a sunny yellow crop top and black leggings.
A woman named Audra once cruelly tweeted: ‘Sorry, but if you are over 200lbs, you shouldn’t be trying to fit your fat a** in a crop top. You cannot pull it off.’
‘You [are] over 200 pounds and got the audacity to wear a crop top…’ someone else wrote.
Life lesson: Sara said she hopes her message shows other women that they need to support each other
Sara posted this picture after a man laughed about her weight, writing: I’m sorry your life consists of trying to make women feel bad about themselves and that my life consists of being strong and beautiful’
Feeling proud: In September, Sara tweeted these photos of herself that were taken after two weeks of working out
Sara, who writes about issues affecting millennials for Odyssey, pointed out that all of the vicious tweets she shared alongside her photos were from other women.
‘Girls, stop tearing other girls down. Empower one another!’ she commented on her post.
Since it was posted on March 8, Sara’s message and snapshots have been retweeted more than 72,000 times, and many have praised her for standing up to online bullies.
‘It’s so sad that all of the tweets are from girls about girls,’ one young woman named Laurita wrote.
Pump it up: Sara often takes to social media to share snaps of herself after a workout to show off her results
Great group: Sarah is a member of CHAARG , an organization that helps college-aged girls develop a passion for health and fitness
Ellaria Sand added: ‘It’s a pity that us women are so unsure of our bodies that we need to criticize anyone who isn’t just to feel better with ourselves.’
Meanwhile, Resa responded: ‘You look beautiful on every single picture up there. What’s wrong with people?’
Sarah is also a member of CHAARG, an organization that helps college-aged girls develop a passion for health and fitness, and she often posts photos of working out or showing off her progress.
The blogger told the Huffington Post that she hopes her message will help women realize that they need to start supporting other women – not tear them down.
‘We have a lot going against us as women, we don’t need other women against us, too,’ she said. ‘I also hope that girls are able to separate who they are from the number that shows up on the scale.’