Leomie Anderson, a 23-year-old Victoria's Secret Model, appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend her open letter urging young female fans to not pose in pictures in the underwear. Anderson, who has walked the catwalk in lingerie and often shares social media pictures in very little clothing has been called out for the hypocrisy in her message.
She defended her statements by making a distinction between herself and her young fans. "I am a 23-year-old woman and these children are all under age. They may see my images out there but they need to understand I was asked before hand whether I wanted to take part in the pictures, I knew where it was going and who would see it — there was full consent throughout the process," she said. "Whereas when children send pictures they don't know what will happen and that is where the danger lies."
In light of recent stories that have surfaced from young girls having their intimate moments leaked and more, I felt it was my duty to use my voice to reach out to my young female followers about consent and saying NO. I have aimed this at teenagers specifically as I know it's a difficult subject to discuss with anyone, especially an adult but please understand that if you don't feel comfortable with something that you can say NO and your words mean something. Please visit crackedchinacup.com and read my open letter and I hope it helps even one young girl say no to being pressured to send sexual pictures/ videos in the future or be pressured into doing something they don't really want to do x
The two show hosts then raised the question to Anderson: does a lingerie model raising these issues make her a hypocrite?
A woman on Twitter was accusing Anderson of the same thing: "What a hypocrite, she's a role model for young girls some of whom will want to follow her lead," the critic wrote. Still, despite the negativity from a few individuals, Anderson's Instagram comments are full of words of support and agreement from fans who are happy a role model told them, "Saying NO doesn't make you scared or frigid, it makes you smart."
So, is Anderson a feminist hero in the making, or a hypocrite who should practice what she preaches? For now, it seems people are grateful for her speaking out. It doesn't seem like this incident will have much of an impact on Anderson voicing her beliefs.
(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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