Cassey Ho has been hailed as a rising YouTube star, and she has pretty much made our lives with one particular video, which beats down internet trolls and body shamers in the most applause-worthy way.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could find a negative barb to throw at Cassey when it comes to her fitness levels. You only need to watch her tutorials – such as this squat challenge or the bubble butt workout – to see that she knows what she’s talking about.
But this just shows that keyboard warriors don’t need a reason. They’ll lash out at anybody.
After receiving one-too-many negative comments about her body on Instagram, she decided to act.
Cassey wanted to make a statement against body shamers, and the perceptions of fitness bloggers (and everyone, really) on Instagram. Kudos.
She told People: “In the last few months, the negativity towards me personally has gotten worse. I’m a person too, so it really gets to me. I had this epiphany: How can I express how I’m feeling visually?”
She used her YouTube platform, which has racked up over 2 million sucbscribers to date, and created a video that showed her live photoshopping her body, based on commenter’s perceptions of the ‘perfect’ body.
In the clip, you can see her slimming down her thighs, plumping up her bottom and accentuating her waist. Cassey also used editing tricks to fill her bust, thin her face and lighten her eye colour.
She explained. “Photoshopping and body image – all of that – is such a big problem that a lot of girls deal with… even people on Instagram Photoshop their photos. You really don’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore.”
Taking it one step further, she experimented with an edited Instagram selfie before she posted the video, not telling anyone that she had majorly altered her body in the photograph. The comments were a little shocking.
Once again, she was met with a series of nasty comments, slating different areas of her body.
She then cleared things up, and shared her worries with her Instagram fans: “On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me. What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be ‘goals.’ 2. That some people still think it’s not good enough.”
Talking of the video, she said: “The goal is to show that cyber-bullying and mean comments really affect people, and to think before you say something. I hope that people do the exact opposite after seeing this video.”
By Laura Jane Turner