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The Bachelor's Abbie Chatfield just clapped back at fat shamers in the best way possible

The 24-year-old is having none of it.

By Jess Pullar
Abbie Chatfield wasn't one to refrain from speaking her mind on the latest season of The Bachelor, and she's continuing to do so in the best way she knows how.
Taking to her Instagram account on Monday afternoon, Chatfield shared a series of images from a recent article about her.
The blonde bombshell is seen looked cheerful and happy whilst wearing a bikini at the beach in the article's imagery, but there was a sinister undertone to the piece that she decided to address head on.
Sharing some of the candid bikini pics, which were posted on the Daily Mail, Abbie wrote: "Here are some photos that were taken of me a few weeks ago on a day at the beach. I was in new bikinis that I bloody love, I didn't bother fake tanning the night before and I was just having a good F*king time."
She continued: "I look at these photos and think "doll, you should have gotten the Bondi sands out" but... it just looks like my normal body. Not going to frame these bad boys but I certainly didn't cringe when I saw them."
The 24-year-old explained that she was sent the article containing the imagery, and she decided to scroll to the comments section of the story.
What she found were numerous body shaming messages, many of which were utterly shocking to her, and to many as the reality TV star showcased in her Instagram post.
Abbie hit back at her body shamers with a brave Instagram post. (Instagram / @abbiechatfield)
"Body shaming, Slut shaming, Sexism. These comments don't necessarily affect me, it sucks to read, but I remember that I am grateful for my body and all that it does for me, and I move on," Abbie wrote.
"What really concerns me is that people who aren't as comfortable in themselves as I am will read this and internalise the views of others."
Chatfield explained that she was in fact a size 8, which is considered lower than than the average Australian woman.
The livid reality star begged the question: "How the f*ck are people supposed to love themselves when people in the public eye of ALL sizes are being ridiculed for having normal bodies."
"I am at the end of my tether with this. STOP commenting on women's bodies and debating whether or not we are ~allowed~ to wear bikinis. It isn't your place. I'm a 24 year old who is healthy, happy and comfortable. Why does that irritate people?"
Abbie finished her post with a plea: "Let me live in my exercises-four-days-a-week-but-also-loves-carbonara rig and leave me in peace. Not for my sake, but for the sake of the mental health of the general public."

In the post, some horrific comments body shaming Abbie have been pointed out.
In one comment, a reader wrote: "Burn that swimsuit immediately! And unless you are a supermodel, don't wear a thong."
Another wrote: "I can't deny my eyes... she's fat."
The shocking comments incited a big reaction from Abbie's fans as well.
Fellow Bachelor alumni Florence Alexandras wrote to Abbie in the comments section of her post, stating: "I have no words. The DM comment section is what the depths of hell must look like. You look great and you know what's even more attractive? That smile and confidence. Xxx"
Another said: "Good on you Abbie! Keep being yourself and honest 🙌🏼 also love that you and Todd are together that's awesome! Who needs paradise."
WATCH: Bachelor Matt Agnew is in tears after he sends Abbie home. Story continues after video...
Abbie has been open and honest about her experience on the show since it finished airing in September.
Speaking on the Shameless podcast last week, the blonde star revealed that she had an abortion less than a year prior to applying for the show, which had a huge impact on her during filming.
"[A] producer asked me if I was wondering what it was like to be pregnant, like a general 'Isn't it nice to see Snez and Laura pregnant? Wouldn't it be nice to be pregnant with someone you love?'" she said.
"And because I had an abortion last year, I just started sobbing."
She also revealed that she told the women in the house that she had had an abortion.
"I didn't want other women to feel ashamed about having abortions and I feel like it was used against me," she said.
"A lot of women have abortions and, whether or not you know they have abortions, it's OK. I just don't want people to be shamed for that or feel internal shame."
We're absolutely cheering for Abbie's bravery in speaking out about topics that can leave a lasting impression on women. Go girl!

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