Over a hundred followers participated in a a recent debate on Twitter about Alexa Chung’s ‘skinny legs’ in a photo she posted of herself and her mother (above), which turned into a massive Thinspo discussion.

The opinions from her fans were mixed. One follower said: “THIS degree of skinny is frankly alarming, sadly. ‘It is equally alarming that people ENVY this degree… as it is NOT a healthy degree of underweight. Certainly, they shouldn’t want to be like this.”

Another disagreed and commented, “It’s no person’s place to criticise another woman’s weight, for any reason. We have enough pressure from the false ideals the media/fashion industry spread, so why add to that pressure? Women should lift other women up. Be healthy and mind your own business.”

After two hours of debating, Alexa deleted the photo and her last words on the subject were, “Okay Everyone, thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I’m not actively trying to be thinspo for anyone. Byeeeee.”

We don’t think that Alexa was trying to thinspire anyone, she is just a skinny girl. She might even have gotten skinnier over the last couple of months, because of several reasons. But this isn’t our business. We shouldn’t  just judge automatically and say that she is part of the pro-ano culture. Not all size 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… women are suffering from an eating disorder, similarly, we can’t say that all plus-size women are healthy.

What is your opinion on this subject?

Ever heard of the thinspo tee? 

More body politics?


Sibulele Sikuni, CT intern