Pictures of Karina Irby next to a body shaming message she received


Bikini influencer drags body shamers who comment on her photos

'FYI Karen. I was born with these skin conditions.'

Aug 4, 2020, 10:43 am

Internet Culture


Sierra Juarez

Australian bikini designer Karina Irby is clapping back at body shamers in her Instagram comments.

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The influencer has 1.1 million followers on Instagram and often shares pictures of herself in the bathing suits that she's designed. She's also vocal about body positivity and attempts to show people the difference between how influencers look in "real life" versus how they look on Instagram.

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Over the last week or so, Irby has started dragging people who leave hateful comments on her posts. In the last year, the influencer developed a more serious skin condition and has posted pictures of her eczema and the white spots that are appearing on her body.

She's started showing her followers the body-shaming comments and messages she's received since posting the pictures. The most recent message she posted comes from a "Karen," according to Irby. (Social media users have given the name "Karen" to white women who act rude, racist, or privileged.)

The message comes from someone claiming to have previously followed the influencer. Although they no longer follow Irby, the person said they came back to her account to see if her skin condition improved.

"I'm not trying to be rude but I feel like all your skin issues etc may have started when you started putting on weight," the message reads. "Maybe try and lose some weight and see if it lessens a bit for you?"

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Irby posted the message next to a picture of her making a purposely funny and annoyed face. Her caption underneath the photo completely drags the unnamed commenter.

"FYI Karen. I was born with these skin conditions. However it's only over the past few years I've felt comfortable sharing my journey," Irby writes. "Then people like you pop up and remind me why I enjoy exposing myself so comfortably. I'm proud to say I'm strong enough now to say NO and kindly SHUT UP."

The Daily Dot has reached out to Irby.

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*First Published: Aug 4, 2020, 10:43 am