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EVERYTHING that This Is Us star Chrissy Metz has taught us about body positivity

Haters, take note.

By Ellie McDonald
Don’t know This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz? Aside from playing Kate, a character who struggles with losing weight, as well as the emotional issues that come with it, in our new favourite show, essentially this is what you need to know:
1. Before This Is Us, she flexed her acting muscles in American Horror Story: Freak Show and Entourage
2. She is not only an A-list actress, but the lead singer of her own band, Chrissy and the Vapers
3. She is a body-positivity activist – oh, and she couldn’t care less if you fat-shamed her or not
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^Yeah, girl.
Still, being an advocate for the greater things in life – like, y’know, educating men and women on how to be happy with the skin they’re in – the 36-year-old actress continues to receive a barrage of unwarranted fat-shaming from (you guessed it) a bunch of Twitter trolls.
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Following her on-stage appearance at this week’s MTV Movie and TV Awards show in LA, Chrissy was criticised for what she wore to the event.
The dress in contention? A custom-made, cherry-red, Latex knee-skimmer – one that Chrissy had been apparently gearing up to wear for almost a year.
Chrissy, here with Milo Ventimiglia, presenting an award at the MTV TV and Movie Awards on Sunday, May 7, in LA.
Addressing the criticism sent from the safety of said Trolls' keyboards, Chrissy (very appropriately) smacked her haters down:
But this isn’t the first time she taught us a thing or 10 about self-love, -appreciation and -worth.
In fact, instead of focusing on why she wore something, perhaps what we can take from Chrissy is that this is a woman who is comfortable with who she is and what she wears.
Case in point…

She always dreamt of wearing latex, so she did

“She does not care about anyone’s opinions as long as she feels good and looks great. It was a [fashion] moment she’s been wanting for a long time,” her stylist, Jordan Grossman, explains.
“Regardless what anyone said or says it’s really her moment so they can’t take that way from her.”

She’s faced her own inner-demons, and rose above them

"I've never bought two seats [on an airplane], but I've had people look at me, give me the stank-eye, and maybe get up and go somewhere else,” Chrissy says.
“Fair enough. What I had to learn is that it's not personal.”

She wears clothes that make HER, not YOU, feel good

“I want to wear something because I love it, not because it follows the rules,” she says.
“If I ever end up on the worst-dressed list, it’s not going to make me fall apart. I want to look great and feel good and be comfortable, but at the same time, none of this really matters. This is the fun stuff.”

She addresses her bullies by coming at them with kindness

“The way I stand up to bullies is with kindness and love because I think that’s what they really need,” she says.
“They’re misunderstood and probably really upset themselves and it’s been hard because I have some internet bullying.”
Convinced? We thought so.
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