The model who snapchatted and body-shamed a nude woman in a locker room is now being prosecuted
Back in July, 29-year-old model Dani Mathers snapchatted and body-shamed a nude woman in a L.A. Fitness locker room. The caption reads, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” Now months later, according to New York Daily News, Mathers has been charged with one count of invasion of privacy.
She could face up to six years in prison and a $1,000 fine. In addition to possible jail time this act of bullying has rightfully cost her a regular radio show hosting job and she has been banned from L.A. Fitness.
The woman who Mathers took a photo of is reportedly in her 70s and was understandably furious about the photo.
"Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer wrote in a statement. “It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of 'perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one's privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that."
Ultimately, it is incredibly important for society to embrace women of all races, sizes, and ages. Although Mathers apologized and stated that she did not realize she was posting the image onto her story, that still does not make it okay.
How could she convey true remorse, if she is only acknowledging that she should not have posted it onto her story? That was a moment that should not have been snapped for anyone’s consumption. No matter how “fit” or “unfit” we are, the gym is a vulnerable place for anyone.
We hope that people will think before they snap and most importantly take others into consideration before being a perpetrator of body-shaming – no matter what the circumstances.