When you post a photo of you and a pal, the last thing you expect to be accused of is photoshopping your body to make you look thinner or your mate bigger.
But that’s exactly what happened when Australian models Kate Wasley and Georgia Gibbs posted a picture of themselves side-by-side.
Georgia is a UK size 6 and was accused of doctoring the image to make herself smaller next to Kate (UK size 16).
‘We posted this picture online, just as best friends going out on the weekend,’ Georgia wrote.
‘It got reposted a lot and the controversy started. “You have photoshopped yourself thinner or your friend bigger, what kind of friend are you?”, was one of the comments. It broke my heart because Kate and I are best friends – why would I do that?’
Rather than allowing it to get them down, however, they’ve now snapped back by setting up an Instagram account dedicated to body-positivity.
Any.Body_Co is a celebration of the models’ friendship as well as a platform for promoting the idea that ‘there’s no size standard for the modern woman’.
Good on them.
Filling the internet with as many platforms for women to celebrate each other is certainly a positive way of reacting to bizarre and sexist allegations.
But the question still stands: why do we give a f*ck about women being mates with other women of different sizes?
It’s surely not that unusual, is it?
My own theory is that women tend to pal up with women they find attractive.
If I look at my own groups of gal pals, I think they’re all good looking. But we certainly aren’t all the same size. We range in height from about 5’2” to 5’7”. We range in weight between under 9st to over 11st. Boobs, bums, waists are all different.
And that is completely normal.
Could you imagine how creepy it’d be to see a gang of women all looking completely identical? You’d probably be more inclined to doubt the legitimacy of the actual friendship due to the obvious element of curation going on.
But this, I imagine, is quite a uniquely female problem.
Would we ever doubt the authenticity of such an image had it featured two guys – one really hench, the other more dad-bod? I’d hazard a guess and say no. When it comes to male friendships, bromances, we assume they’re less competitive, less shallow than female relationships.
And those of us who actually have a load of female friends know that that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.
In my experience, competition between gal pals is very low. In friendship groups, everyone has a role, a type, a unique look. No one is vying for the same bloke in the club. No one is competing for a Queen Bee bod title – whatever chick flix and women’s mags might say.
With that in mind, it’s so sad to suggest that a pair of friends would use each other to make themselves look better than the other one.
And in Georgia and Kate’s case, it’d be impossible to say that one was more attractive than the other. In fact, they look strikingly similar.