The pregnant woman's catch-22: Blac Chyna shamed for gaining weight — and she'd be shamed if she didn't

Rob Kardashian's model fiancée fires back at comments mocking her weight gain, while others fend off concern trolls

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published May 18, 2016 3:11PM (EDT)

Blac Chyna   (AP/Star Max)
Blac Chyna (AP/Star Max)

If there's any comfort to be had in the consistently awful and destructive comments that mouth breathing idiots like to make toward women online — especially women who commit the crime of being famous and possibly happy — it's that they will literally never be satisfied. The woman who conforms perfectly to every ideal of what a female body should look like, the one who is entirely troll-proof, does not exist. So you might as well make like Blac Chyna and not care.

It's turning out to be a banner week for the ladies of Instagram to fire back at the trolls. Over the weekend, Kesha laid down the law in an Instagram post in which she revealed, "I have been battling depression and an eating disorder for a while now… I will not just fucking be quiet and hide. today I will say f__k it and live…. and also a big ol f__k u if u wanna hate on my body. just remember that makes u look like a dickhead." Now future Kardashian Blac Chyna has a few words to the haters who have an opinion about her body.

When a paparazzi snap of the entrepreneur and former model wearing braids, no makeup, and a curve hugging jumpsuit showed up on the gossip and fan Instagram of ThaCelebriTea, it didn't take long for a barrage of negative comments to appear. While it's not surprising she was swiftly deemed "fat" and "disgusting," it was unexpected that she herself soon jumped in to explain, "To all you people out there with negative comments and insecure words (obviously because you have nothing else to do but criticize the next), I AM HAVING A BABY! Exactly what do you expect to see?! If I walked out in makeup and heels everyday to be beautiful to your means I WOULD BE MISERABLE AND UNHAPPY which are two vibes I refuse to transfer to my little one." While this didn't exactly quell the Instagrammers who deem her "so ugly, looks like a dude" and who "wish that she would get an ass reduction man," it did also open up the tide of positive reality checks as well. Or as one person succinctly put it, "She's pregnant ! duh she is going to gain weight."

And here's the hilarious part — she'd also get crap for it if she didn't. Six months pregnant Australian model Hannah Polites has an Instagram following of over a million people — a number of whom have lately been concern trolling her super fit mom-to-be body. "Poor baby, eat more," wrote one person of a recent selfie of Polites in her workout gear, while another more directly accused her, "YOU are killing your baby."

"It’s truly shocking to read some of the comments regarding my health and that of my unborn baby," she told the Gold Coast Bulletin this week, "especially at a time where women are particularly vulnerable and can be more sensitive to bullying. All women’s bodies should be celebrated, especially at a time of pregnancy." If it only that were the case, as Chrissy Teigen learned last fall when she swore off pregnancy-related tweeting after facing a slew of unpleasant comments about her then-growing bump. "No more preg tweeting for me, lesson learned!! Back to food and reality TV and hay things. Good thing I am unoffendable or this would be a rough few months."

Last year, YouTube fitness star Cassey Ho deftly illustrated the unwinnable lot that women face — with a viral video featuring just a handful of horrible feedback she faces regularly, and a photoshopped rendering of what she'd look like if her body were the creation of her commenters. "In the last few months, the negativity towards me personally has gotten worse. I'm a person too, so it really gets to me," she said at the time. "I had this epiphany: How can I express how I'm feeling visually?" And as for Teigen, when the model shared a photo of herself postpartum, looking great and cooking in denim shorts, she was immediately criticized — for looking too good too soon. It's proof that pregnant or not, big or small, there's seemingly no way that being female in public is not an invitation for hostile scrutiny. So you might as well not even care.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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