Fearne Cotton sends defiant message to trolls: ‘I’m more than what my body looks like’

Fearne Cotton has taken to Instagram to send a defiant message to trolls, telling them that discussions regarding her body are off limits.

The 41 year old,who recently unveiled her dramatic hair transformation, explained how she felt as though “something had to be said” after social media users began judging her appearance after she posted a selfie on 27 January.

In the snap, the radio DJ and podcaster looked stunning as she sported a gorgeous black dress from her collaboration with fashion brand Nobody's Child.

However, in response to the photo, some social media users left negative comments regarding the TV personality’s body, causing Fearne to speak out.

Speaking of the attention that the picture received, Fearne shared a selfie of herself looking confused as she addressed the incident.

“Sometimes I think, I can't be a***d to respond to the insane amounts of noise on here, but when it comes to judging bodies I feel something has to be said,” she wrote.

“Online arguments or discussions around what bodies look like (see my last post) are not helpful.”

“If we are judging other peoples bodies or making accusations we are driving a narrative that women have to look a certain way to be accepted. This sort of attention is not cast upon men, ever.”

She added: “No matter what my size, pregnant or other wise, I have knobbly knees and spindly ankles.”

Fearne,who recently opened up about her 10-year battle with bulimia, also touched on all of the work that she has put into the recovery process, saying that she has now got to a place where she feels “grateful” for her health.

“Due to having been bulimic in my twenties I am extra sensitive to these sorts of discussions as I have worked hard to heal, recover and get to a place where I love food, eat for energy and pleasure, exercise to give my strength now I'm in my forties and feel so grateful for my health,” she wrote.

And to finish off the Instagram message on an empowering note, Fearne gave a message to all women out there.

“I will keeping fighting this fight for ALL women for the rest of my life. I am much more than what my body looks like, as are ALL women,” she wrote.

Following up on her post, Fearne,who has spoken out about claims of a ‘return to heroin chic’, thanked her followers for their messages of support and further drew attention to the double standards men and women face when it comes to how people think about their bodies.

“People commenting on my body honestly doesn’t impact me personally,” she said. “But I want to fight this good fight for all women because our bodies are still overly scrutinised and judged.”

In response to her defiant message, Fearne was showered with love and messages of encouragement from her 3.7 million followers.

“I honestly cannot believe people are STILL commenting on bodies. We are lucky to have them, whatever shape they are. And yours is GORGEOUS. [heart emoji],” wrote soap star Natalie Cassidy.

“Love you Cotton [heart emoji],” added Denise Van Outen. Meanwhile Elizabeth Day commented: “I know you. I see you. I love you. Xxxxxx”

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