Tia Mowry Calls Out a Body Shamer "to Prove a Point"

The 37-year-old Sister, Sister alum had in December sparked pregnancy rumors when she was seen showcasing a fuller figure

By Corinne Heller Mar 31, 2016 6:01 PMTags
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Tia Mowry is getting personal when it comes to her responses to body shaming.

The 37-year-old Sister, SisterThe Game and Tia & Tamera alum had in December sparked pregnancy rumors when she was seen showcasing a fuller figure. She later debunked them, saying she had gained 10 to 15 pounds because of her Cooking Channel show Tia Mowry at Home. She was recently insulted by a few body shamers again when she posted on her Instagram page photos of herself walking in New York City in a multi-colored floral Stella McCartney dress.

"I don't normally do this, but I wanted to prove a point," she wrote Thursday, alongside a screenshot of Instagram comments. "I just posted a few days ago about embracing and uplifting others about body image. Here, @miekk_ felt the need to say I was getting fat. I took a look at your profile and I was sad to see that you WORK for YOUNG African American girls aiding in their studies. I hope this isn't what you would tell your girls? Does your BOSS know that this is how you degrade other WOMAN?" 

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"@hbcutravelers Internet BULLYING is not cool and it needs to stop," she added, referring to the organization that aids "in the development of African-American students by promoting travel." "Would you say this to my face? Is this how you speak to yourself when YOU look at yourself in the mirror. Again, I'm shining a light on this issue hoping to see change. Love and uplift!"

The user @miekk_ later deleted her Instagram account, while a message was posted on the page of HBCU Travelers, which stated the group "does not encourage bullying in any way, shape, or form."

"To @tiamowry: the young lady you mentioned does not work for our organization, but was a supporter of our mission, which can be viewed on our website," the post read. "You are beautiful inside and out, and it saddens me to see that she would make the negative remark that she did. We will be sure to use this incident to stand out against negativity! Please continue to inspire and uplift others."

Amid the criticism, Mowry has been working out with a personal trainer.

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Didn't want to work out today but I did it anyway... ???? Can you tell? :/

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However, she is also maintaining a positive body image. Earlier this week, Mowry posted on her Instagram page a different photo of herself from her walk in New York City, shot from behind.

"I'm taking the stand and will not be retouching my photos," she wrote. "I want all of us woman and men to embrace, love, and accept our REAL bodies at whatever stage we are in life. We all have different shapes and sizes. Let's encourage and uplift!"

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