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Playboy Model Dani Mathers Under Police Investigation After Body Shaming

posted: 07/18/16
by: Rebecca Goldberg

When it comes to body-shaming, we here at TLC take no b.s. (Seriously, check out #NoBS!)

When we heard the story circulating about Playboy playmate Dani Mathers' body-shaming Snapchat scandal, we were appalled.

In case you have no clue what we're talking about, here's the low-down:

  • Playboy model Dani Mathers was banned from LA Fitness gyms last week, after sharing a photo of a nude woman in the locker room with the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."
  • Mathers claims to have accidentally shared this photo on her Snapchat story, adding that she had intended to send this to a friend privately.
  • Today, the LAPD has begun an official investigation to uncover whether the 29-year-old model had broken the law.
  • Under California Law, it is illegal to share an image of the "intimate body part or parts" of anyone "without the consent of or knowledge of that other person." This law also highlights invading another persons privacy in a place where they should have "a reasonable expectation of privacy." A locker room is precisely that type of location.
  • Dani responded via Snapchat: "That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do," she said. "I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am."

 

As we let this simmer, we found ourselves especially troubled by the fact that a woman in the public eye would body shame another woman. It's certainly not right to critique anyone in this way, but is it na?ve of us to hope that women would be more supportive and protective of one another? And at the gym of all places! It can be difficult enough to become comfortable with the level of vulnerability that it takes to even go to the gym, and anyone working to better themselves should be applauded.

As Christian Siriano recently said "We should just try to make every woman feel great about themselves, because there's enough crazy hate going on in the world."

Rather than using differences as a way to separate us from one other, we should appreciate others unique qualities and praise their authenticity.

TLC's I AM campaign focuses on just that -- celebrating the infectious empowerment of self-expression. We are showing the world what happens when we label ourselves, instead of letting others define us. Click here to join the #IAMTLC movement!

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