Amanda Seyfried has taken to Instagram to vent her frustrations at one particular influencer, and how she presents her life to her followers. The 33-year-old actress said she was unhappy with influencer Arielle Charnas after she posted a bikini selfie showing off her slim body with the caption, "Proud of my body after two kids."
Charnas, who founded Something Navy, a lifestyle and clothing brand, got a mix of positive and negative comments on the post, with many people saying that she was promoting an "unrealistic" image that is only possible for her because she has childcare and the income to exercise regularly.
The blogger fought back on Instagram, “Why am I being bullied for posting myself in a bathing suit? I should be punished because I’m thin and worked hard to be fit after giving birth to two kids?” Charnas asked. “I’m not responsible for making people feel good about themselves. I am healthy and proud of who I am and the body I have. If you are going to attack me for me being me on my own page then you will be blocked, I don’t have time for that.”
Seyfried agreed with those commenting negative remarks on Charnas' photo. The actress shared a comment written by one of her friends underneath the photo (which Charnas had deleted) on her own Instagram page. “Totally fine that you’re privileged and thin, good for you (I am too-ish!),” Seyfried’s friend wrote to Charnas. “Got no problem with either of those things. BUT if you don’t acknowledge how your wealth made your workouts/body possible, you’re just perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should ‘bounce back’ after childbirth, an impossibility for anyone who can’t afford ample childcare (which is almost everyone in this country).”
“Honeychild, you are glorifying an unhealthy body image (I don’t care if it’s ‘natural,’ don’t even try that s— with me) in a society that already fetishises the adolescent female form,” she continued. “Young girls don’t need any more images of emaciated women thank you very much…I know you’re better than this.”
Seyfriend, who welcomed her daughter Nina in 2017, decided to share her friend's comment after Charnas "blocked both of us".
“If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting,” Seyfried said.
A few hours later, Seyfried posted a selfie and said, “INFLUENCE = POWER. And if you’re taking advantage of that — EMPOWER.”