This Girl's Brilliant Response to Body Shamers Has Been Retweeted 72,000 Times

March 18th 2016

Taylor Bell

After being bombarded by a series of fat-shaming tweets, one woman decided to create the ultimate body acceptance message to defy her shamers. 

Sarah Petty, a 211-pound young woman who attends Bowling Green State University in Ohioposted pictures of herself in outfits that multiple people on Twitter said people who look like her should never be allowed to wear. According to tweets collected by Petty, items like bikinis, crop tops, booty shorts and leggings are all apparently off limits to people her size.

"I had seen a tweet from someone saying that 200-pound girls shouldn’t wear bikinis," Petty told The Huffington Post. "I just did some quick searches and found a bunch of similar tweets, so I decided I could do my part to chip away at body-shaming however I could."

Although Petty says the tweets were not personally directed at her, she wanted to call out the ignorance behind the posts and take a stand for body-shaming, according to the Huffington Post.

Here's how she did it. 

She posted pictures of herself wearing a bikini ... 

Sara Petty

A crop top ... 

Sara Petty

Booty shorts ... 

Sara Petty

... and leggings.

Sara Petty


For Petty, the pictures were the perfect clap back and source of empowerment and body acceptance. 

"I also hope that girls are able to separate who they are from the number that shows up on the scale, and realize there is no number, high or low, that dictates if you’re worthy of feeling beautiful," Petty wrote to the Huffington Post. "Body-shaming will probably always be there in some way, but I hope my post helps at least some women feel beautiful in spite of it."

Since posting, Petty's Twitter photos have been retweeted more than 70,000 times.

ATTN: reached out to Petty but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Petty's message of body acceptance comes at a time when society and the mainstream media are making strides in redefining beauty standards. For example, plus-size model Ashley Graham made history by landing the cover of Sports Illustrated earlier this year. And, as ATTN: previously reported, American Eagle Outfitters earned praise for featuring "curve" model Barbie Ferreira in its #AerieReal campaign.