Bridgerton and Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan has taken to Instagram to make a request of her fans.
Stop talking about her body.
In a recent post on the platform, Coughlan discussed how frequently fans send her direct messages commenting on her body, and how the "weight of thousands of opinions," even "nice" ones, can be hard to bear for the 35-year-old actress.
The post has left many applauding Coughlan for speaking out on what some see as the unintended underbelly of the body positivity movement.
See her post below.
Along with a mirror selfie, Coughlan wrote in her post:
"Hello! So just a thing- if you have an opinion about my body please, please don’t share it with me."
"Most people are being nice and not trying to be offensive but I am just one real life human being and it’s really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions on how you look being sent directly to you every day."
Coughlan then stipulated while she knows absorbing people's opinions is part of her job as a public figure, she'd rather not hear people's two cents on her body, even if well intended.
"If you have an opinion about me that’s ok, I understand I’m on TV and that people will have things to think and say but I beg you not to send it to me directly ❤️"
"Anyways here’s a pic of me in my hotel in NY about to go to SNL, it’s unrelated to this post but delighted with my hair in it"
As discussions of body acceptance have become increasingly common, many people seem not to realize that toxic body positivity exists too.
Many activists and mental health professionals have pointed out positive body comments can have an equally negative impact, especially for those who have suffered from eating disorders or body dysmorphia. Such commentary "validates or emphasizes that our worth is tied to our appearance," as eating disorders expert Chelsea Kronengold recently told USA Today.
On Twitter, people applauded Coughlan for speaking out on the issue and used her post as a call to action for people to simply stop commenting on others' bodies in any way.
Let's all try to leave this habit in the past.