Jameela Jamil & Victoria Secret Model Sara Sampaio Feud Over The Modeling World
By Izza Sofia, 18 Oct 2019
Left image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com, right image via FashionStock.com / Shutterstock.com
Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio found herself in a Twitter feud with actress Jameela Jamil over the modeling industry.
It started when Jamil posted a clip from Vienna Fashion Week, where curvier models were shown parading down the runway in traditional Nigerian clothing. She tweeted, “This looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight.”
Her tweet got the attention of Sampaio, who accused Jamil of “hypocrisy” and “bringing other people down” in her supposed fight for body positivity.
“Calling models ‘long-starved terrified teenager’ is offensive,” the Victoria’s Secret model wrote. “How about celebrating someone without bringing others down?”
Jamil was quick to respond, justifying that she wasn’t attacking models in her tweet, as well as brought up the problem of young girls starving themselves to meet smaller sizes.
Jamil described that some young females would adopt bad habits like doing drugs and cocaine to control their weight. “If you don’t see that, then you are in a bubble,” the actress concluded.
Sampaio replied that “eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use” weren’t just a problem for models, but also affected society as a whole. Citing her modeling background, she ascertained that the “vast majority of models [weren’t] having eating disorders and drug problems.”
Things escalated quickly and Jamil, a former model herself, retorted that her model and agent friends were “all struggling with ongoing unrealistic standards” in the industry. The only reason Sampaio was “fiercely defending” was because she was benefiting from it, Jamil claimed.
In further tweets, Jamil explained that Sampaio “misunderstood” her original tweet, and that she was talking about the industry as a whole instead of attacking the models.
After Sampaio accused Jamil of her “condescending tone” that made it impossible to have a conversation, Jamil came out strong, stating that Sampaio was “proudly working for a transphobic, fat-phobic company.”
“Before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls,” Jamil suggested the model should rather check herself first.
Defending the brand, Sampaio admitted that Victoria’s Secret has “made mistakes” and is working on changing them. Jamil then decided to end the feud by wishing the model luck in her activism towards speaking on behalf of trans people and young girls.
Oh my god 😍😍😍 this looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful. https://t.co/hck5n6e9Xu— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 13, 2019
How about celebrating someone without bringing other people down? Calling runway models “long-starved terrified teenager” is extremely offensive. From someone that is always preaching for body positivity this just screams hypocrisy. https://t.co/JOBtY0yrui— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019
You didn’t say all models, sure, but you still chose to attack girls just so you can celebrate others. Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole. And when you talk like you know for sure majority of https://t.co/4hAIf379WP— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019
You also proudly work for a transphobic, fat phobic company @SaraSampaio . Victoria’s Secret is a brand that sets out to exclude most women, so I would check yourself on that before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls. https://t.co/e8HKFPQ71X— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019
If you’re speaking out against what your company did then GREAT. I look forward to seeing your activism on that with your big profile. You seem passionate about speaking out. So best of luck to you on helping young girls and trans people in this business. ❤️— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019
[via InStyle, opening image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com, FashionStock.com / Shutterstock.com]
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