Sticks and stones and iPhones. Fitness blogger Cassey Ho responded to her body-shaming critics and took a possible dig at Victoria Secret's controversial "perfect body" campaign with a powerful new video titled "The 'Perfect' Body" — and it has gone viral.
"When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see?" Ho, the founder of POP Pilates in Culver City, Calif., wrote on YouTube. "Or do you stare at yourself, pinching your fat away, lifting up your butt, pushing in your boobs, wishing you looked like a VS supermodel? It's hard to be content with the shape of your body when people are constantly telling you how fat you are. The backhanded compliments, the mean comments, the cyber bullying - all of this messes with us...and it hurts."
The clip begins with the fitness expert, post-workout, feeling enlivened by the endorphins and snapping a selfie. The responses to her happy pic start off positively, but quickly turn negative.
"You shouldn't give advice when you're so fat," one person writes. "Trainer? ...really??" asks another. "Tone up the belly fat and love handles."
Ho then strips down to her bra and underwear and begins to critique her body in front of the mirror. She's asked whether she wants to "make some changes?"
After seeing the sea of horrible comments, Ho clicks yes and is given a "magic" wand that serves as a Photoshop brush. She takes the tool, brushes over her legs, and draws a butt to make her figure curvier. She also enlarges her breasts, sculpts her hips into tiny figures, and even adds colored contacts to her eyes.
With her "new" body, Ho takes another selfie only to look into the mirror — looking completely distraught and devastated that she has caved to society's ideals of "the perfect body."
"What if getting flat abs and bigger boobs was as easy as a click," she concluded in her YouTube caption. "What if you could stop all the hate and just photoshop yourself right now, in real life? What would you change?"
As of Thursday, April 23, the video has more than 2.3 million hits on YouTube and garnered more than 77,000 likes on the site. "Please share this video to battle body shaming and cyber bullying," Ho wrote.
Watch the powerful clip above!