After Chung posted a photo of herself and her mother through the photo-sharing app, commenters ignited a debate over what they viewed as her overly thin legs.
Responses included ‘Ew shes so skinny its gross’, ‘I’m worried for her too’ and ‘Ur ugly’. Conversely, a number of viewers expressed envy over the same feature that drew others’ disdain (comments such as ‘like your legs’ and ‘give me your legs’ proliferated).
Two hours after posting the image, Chung fired back: ‘Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions,’ she wrote. ‘People are different sizes. I’m not actively trying to be thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private. Byeeeeeeee’.
‘Thinspo’, or ‘thinspiration’, refers to images and tips which, when shared online, inspire disordered eating. Web users in search of thinspo materials often appropriate images of celebrities who don’t intend for their private snaps to motivate dangerous behaviour.
Chung, who told ELLE ‘I never think my legs are sexy,’ has spoken out against fans admiring her thinness. She also suspended activity on her Twitter account for a time after growing exasperated at the number of messages calling her anorexic.
‘It angers me because I don’t want to be a pinup for young girls just for being thin,’ she told OK! Magazine earlier this year. ‘I don’t want to be admired for being thin as opposed for being dressed well—and I don't want the two to get confused.’