Sam Frost is fed up.
The 26-year-old was enjoying a day at the beach with her sister and niece over the long weekend. As many people enjoying some fun in the sun would do, she shared a photo on social media.
“Long weekend with my sister,” she captioned the image that showed her lounging on the sand and smiling at the camera. She looks relaxed. Happy. But as Sam said on her 2Day FM radio show with Rove McManus this morning, her good mood didn’t last long.
It didn’t take long for people to post nasty comments, which Sam called “appalling”.
“The comments that I received were absolutely appalling,” she said. “People were saying I looked disgusting and gross and that I was a bad role model because I’m so thin.” Some commenters went as far as to suggest that Sam’s apparent weight-loss must be the result of an eating disorder.
“It immediately changed my mood,” Sam said. “I was having a great time, I was playing with my niece and trying not to cry because I’m thinking ‘how are people so horrible’”.
Sam said that as a public figure and role model, she is happy to discuss her body publicly. “I am a 26-year-old who has always been very open and honest about my weight fluctuating,” she said.
“Funnily enough, this time last year, I was experiencing exactly the same thing, people going ‘oh my god you’re so skinny, you’re disgusting’.”
But the former Bachelorette made it very clear she will not be tolerating any form of trolling or body-shaming on her account, and stated that she deletes negative comments and blocks those who post them.
“My PR rep tells me to block and delete negative people and comments,” she commented in response to haters. “Talking negatively about my body is rude and unacceptable. It’s my personal page, and I don’t tolerate body shaming.”
Like many people, both in and out of the public eye, Sam finds it difficult to comprehend why trolls and bullies continue to tear others down on social media. “I don’t know why people still continue to do it,” she said on her radio show.
Neither do we, Sam.
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