My Kitchen Rules contestant Betty Banks cooked up a storm in the kitchen during Tuesday night’s episode, but it’s not her cooking that’s attracting criticism.
The 27-year-old last week felt forced to defend herself against an onslaught of unkind comments from people who slammed her for “showing too much skin”.
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The self-described social media influencer has an Instagram account under the name Bettina Banks littered with shots of her active at the gym, at the beach, posing for model shots and just generally enjoying life.
Sick of people criticising her for flaunting the body she works hard for, Betty took to Instagram to call out the shamers with an empowering message to her followers.
“Here’s to the women who work so god damn hard for their bodies only to have society say that they still aren’t good enough and to cover it up,” she wrote.
“Woman, you are good enough. You are strong enough.”
Betty urged the women “who are out there hustling every day” to not allow themselves to be shamed by “what you worked hard for”, reminding them they get to decide what they do with their body.
“I get SLAMMED all the time for “showing too much skin”. But isn’t it my body? So, IT’S MY RULES,” she continued.
“There’s nothing wrong with being confident with showing some skin. Nothing wrong with SELF LOVE.”
The Fitness Studio ambassador had a simple message for women “slamming” other women: Stop.
“It isn’t nice. Play nice and spread some glitter on each other instead.”
“We’re supposed to empower one another! Help build each other’s confidence instead of tearing each other down!
❤ . Here’s to the women who work so god damn hard for their bodies only to have society say that they still aren’t good enough and to cover it up. . Woman, you are good enough. You are strong enough. And most of all, you are all bloody enough. . Don’t ever be ashamed of what you worked hard for. It’s your body, YOUR RULES. . I get SLAMMED all the time for “showing too much skin”. But isn’t it my body? So, IT’S MY RULES. There’s nothing wrong with being confident with showing some skin. Nothing wrong with SELF LOVE. . For the woman who are slamming each other down. STOP. It isn’t nice. Play nice and spread some glitter on each other instead. . We’re suppose to empower one another! Help build each other’s confidence instead of tearing each other down! . ???????? . To all the ladies that I tagged and to the women who are out there hustling every day, this ones for you. :) . @workoutempire . #RANTOVER #YOUAREENOUGH #SELFLOVE #NOTHINGWRONGWITHCONFIDENCE #WORKOUTEMPIRE #BANKSLIFE #BETTINABANKS
Betty told the Daily Telegraph that she anticipated people scrolling through her Instagram account and uncovering “raunchy” photos, reiterating her strong stance.
“There are few skeletons in my closet,” she told the newspaper.
“Maybe I am a bit more raunchy … but it’s made me proud of and comfortable with my body.
“There’s nothing I’m worried about and I’m not ashamed of that.”
Betty debuted on My Kitchen Rules this week with her friend David Vu. The pair cooked up a south-east Asian inspired feast on Tuesday night.
Throughout the evening Betty opened up about caring for her blind mother and what it meant to cook and serve one of her signature dishes to the judges and fellow contestants.
She said she thought her mother would be proud of what she served up and judge Manu Fidel whole-heartedly agreed.
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