Australian tennis great Jelena Dokic has posted an inspiring body image message.
“Let’s talk about body-shaming!” she wrote.
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“Nobody should be body-shaming and scrutinising anybody’s body. PERIOD.”
Dokic said she could talk “all day” about the subject, but narrowed her message down to two points. “Just because someone else sees our bodies as nothing else but a size number or how we look in a bikini, it has nothing to do with our capabilities and our worth,” she said.
“If it did then that would mean that being a size 2 for example, would be OK even if we were a bully or a mean person. It wouldn’t matter as long as we are a size 2.
“But if we were a size 18 but a good, kind, generous person who works hard, who has good morals and values and does good in the world, well that wouldn’t matter because that person is a size 18, so they deserve to be judged and made fun of.
“How bad is that?
Dokic happily revealed her own size, saying it did not change the person she is. “Size doesn’t matter. It doesn’t define someone’s worth,” she said.
“And by the way, people can always lose a bit of weight and they can get a bit fitter but for those that body shame, they will always be unkind people.
“I am a size 16. Yes I am. So does that mean I am a bad person? Does that define my worth? Do I deserve to be looked at differently compared to someone that is a size 2?
“All that matters is that I am a good, hard-working, kind, empathetic and generous human being.”