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Plus-Size Model Has an Epic Clapback After Being Fat-Shamed by an Airline Passenger

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Natalie Hage has found success in both the modeling world and in social media. The gorgeous plus-size model is one of the founders of the Instagram page effyourbeautystandards, a program developed by Hage and fellow model Tess Holiday.
 
But Hage found herself in the midst of a controversy lately. As she flew out for a photo shoot while riding American Airlines, she was fat-shamed by an airline passenger. Fortunately, Hage did not stoop down to the man’s level. Instead, she opted to go for a classy yet epic response to the man’s rudeness.

Model Natalie Hage Posts Response After Being Fat-Shamed by an Airline Passenger

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The man sitting next to Natalie Hage during a flight clearly missed his elementary school etiquette class.

 
Time and time again, stories of fat shaming trend on social media. You’d probably think that with all the lessons learned, issues like this would dwindle down, but think again. This unfortunate story started when model Natalie Hage, who has described herself as an “anxious” flyer, paid an extra $70 for extra leg room for a business-related trip she was obliged to take. However, the airline had to place her in the middle seat when there were no other available.
“As soon as I sat down, the gentleman on my left began loudly huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat,” Hage wrote in the heartbreaking post. “I see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. So naturally, next time he texts, I take a look.”
The man seemed to be texting an unknown recipient, and he continued to do so until the plane finally had to take off. Based on the post she made on her Instagram account, the man was taking shots at Hage’s body, and whoever he was communicating with on the other line chimed in with similar insults.
 
Unable to hold it down anymore, Hage confronted the man after enduring his terrible flight etiquette and body-shaming tendencies. He quickly got defensive and blamed it on drinks he had. But his apology was insincere, and this irked Hage even further. To make things worse, the man even had the nerve to ask Hage out to dinner. 
“My body is none of your business,” she told the body-shaming passenger. “Don’t ever treat anyone like that again.”
You can read Hage’s entire ordeal below.
“I’m shaking right now. i’m on a flight to LA right now on @americanair. i paid almost $70 extra for this seat i’m in because i know i need a little extra leg room. i’m extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so i had to take what i could get. as soon as i sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. i see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. so, naturally next time he texts, i take a look. the texts were about me and i’m almost positive he took photos of me. not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named ‘linda’ chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can’t even see the situation. if you can’t read the texts, it says ‘hopefully she didn’t have any mexican food’ and his response is ‘i think she ate a mexican’. then he proceeds to say he’s leaving a ‘neck mark on the window’ because he’s so smashed against the wall. from the photos, you can see i’m not in his space. he’s even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side…which is in my seat. his next text to her was ‘if the news reports a DFW airbus a321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.’ another i see later? ‘if these seats don’t hold, it’s not going to matter.’ and that’s just a few of them. there were several more. i didn’t do anything to him. i’m in my seat, completely (see photos). i am crumpled into a ball trying to not bother. i’m just so upset. i asked the other man to my right if he’d switch me and told him what the man was saying about me and he said laughed and refused. that’s fine, it’s not his issue. this is a fat person’s daily reality and not just on a plane. this is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. you can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. all you can do is know you haven’t done anything wrong just by existing and to move on. this just makes me a mixture of enraged and super sad.”

The response from the online community has been overwhelmingly positive despite the fact the man made no effort to acknowledge his mistakes. Thankfully, Hage has moved on from the situation and continues to focus on making other women feel better about themselves. 

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