Leave it to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to teach us all how to deflect negative comments from online trolls.
According to Glamour, after the TV personality posted a photo to Instagram of herself at the Premios Tu Mundo award show, some naysayers decided to interrupt a string of positive comments left on her photo with nasty remarks aimed at her weight. Writing things such as “the extra pounds are noticeable” and “you’re overweight in my opinion,” Glamour says Machado deftly deflected the negativity in a single sentence.
“Yes, and I still have another five pounds more to gain to appear even fatter for the next character that I will be playing,” she fired back.
This isn’t the first time that Machado was subject to body shaming comments, with Glamour reminding us of her role in the 2016 presidential election, when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton defended her against then-candidate Donald Trump, who body-shamed her after she won his 1996 Miss Universe Pageant and continued to comment of her weight thereafter.
But clearly, Machado can hold her own — all while teaching us something about owning our own bodies in the process.