Self love and appreciation can be difficult to maintain when the opinions of others are so easy to see. Valerie Bertinelli has long been transparent about her weight loss journey and when a Twitter user called her “chubby,” Kelly Clarkson stepped in with the perfect response.
Bertinelli has had a long battle walking the path towards loving and accepting her appearance. On Instagram, she spoke of “spiraling to a place of self-loathing” and slammed body shamers by telling them they’re “not being helpful.” Today, the journey continues, this time with valuable help from Clarkson, who has undergone her own journey regarding her weight.
After a Twitter troll calls Valerie Bertinelli “chubby,” Kelly Clarkson steps in
True power is recognizing the projection of others negativity & punching it square n the face w/all the positive, remarkable, intelligent, beautiful light that seeps from ur pores. Pity people that speak ill of others because while some of us r dancing, the others r too afraid. https://t.co/X03QKyFzIc
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) February 18, 2020
On Tuesday, Food Network Kitchen announced that Bertinelli would be cooking live over on the network’s app. The comments were full of excitement from most fans, but one user commented, “Awwww, so chubby.” Bertinelli saw this note and took a screenshot of it. She shared the image to Twitter and wrote, “Wow. Someone is always there to remind me to tidy up my negative thoughts some more,” adding, “Thank you for reminding me I’m so much more than my body. Have a blessed day.”
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While Bertinelli put her own empowering spin on the incident, Clarkson swooped in to reinforce the message and ensure Bertinelli heeded her own advice. “True power is recognizing the projection of others negativity and punching it square in the face with all the positive, remarkable, intelligent, beautiful light that seeps from your pores,” replied Clarkson. “Pity people that speak ill of others because while some of us are dancing, the others are too afraid.”
Some of the best advice comes from the most personal place
Self-image and weight are very personal topics for both Bertinelli and Clarkson. Just two years ago, a social media user told her she “needed to lose weight,” writing the comment right beside a recipe the chef shared. Bertinelli fired back with, “Because see, I don’t have a scale or I don’t have clothes that I’m trying to put on every day, and I don’t have mirrors so I don’t see what’s become of me.” It’s been a long road for Bertinelli, climbing out of that dark place where comments from out and in can hurt.
As for Clarkson, she uses her platform as an American Idol champion and voice coach to promote body positivity, a source of encouragement she herself could have used over the years; she was just a young girl when she felt herself bow to the pressures of looking how society wanted. Clarkson, however, used that negative experience to grant her wisdom in the present day.
“I think even at a young age, so many things get said. I think that’s when I was like, ‘Whatever, I’m not going to please anyone.’ I was lucky. It happened before I got in the industry,” she shared. In fact, she shared this personal bit of insight when Bertinelli was on The Kelly Clarkson Show just last year. These two are determined to harness their experiences and turn it into wisdom for themselves and others.