Fit Mom Vs. Curvy Girl: The Ladies Faceoff Over Online Body Image Issues

Fit Mom Vs. Curvy Girl: The Ladies Faceoff Over Online Body Image Issues

The so-called Fit Mom, Maria Kang, finds herself once again at the center of a controversy after she took issue with lingerie store Curvy Girl, run by Chrystal Bougon, over a Facebook campaign that encouraged plus-sized women to post photos of themselves in lingerie. Now, the two women face off in a heated debate on Access!

Only on the dollar menu & more. ♪♪ ♪♪ wh your excuse? That question posted on facebook brought a lot of attention to the fit m maria kang, once again at the center of controversy. This one started when the owner of the plus size lingerie store crystal encouraged regular women over size 14 to post selfies of themselves in lingerie. And that they did. Maria took issue with crystal's campaign and fired off a facebook post. I spoke with both women this morning, and it became heated. Crystal, let's start with the campaign that you launched. Tell me about it and why you decided to launch it. Hi there. Yeah, we launched a campan for my curvy girl lingerie store because we want to just show the world what a regular unphoto shopped woman who's not a model, what she looks like without a spray tan, without touchups, how a regular person looks in lingerie. Maria, you saw the post and you posted something. What did you post after seeing the photos? I woke up in the morning and saw an article about overweight, really obese women, posing in lingerie. I'm not talking about people who are 30 to 40 pounds overweight. I'm talking about people who are obese. So I saw that article, and I was a little bit peeved because i know that we're dealing with obesity crisis right now in america. We need to not normalize this issue but actually trying to help this issue. Maria, what bothered you about -- well, thank you so much for your apology. Was that an apology? I never apologized. I appreci that. I don't have any apologies, crystal, because I never posted on your page. I posted it on my health and fitness page despite your dishonesty in saying I did. I apologized to the people out there who felt ashamed about p what I said. That was not my intention. I'm sorry you took it that way, but I'm not sorry because i meant what I said. We are dealing with a crisis and this is a discussion that I can openly talk about without having to feel banned byfacebook. To back track, after maria posted her thoughts on facebook about crystal's campaign, maria was reported to facebook for abuse and subsequently banned to the site. She since has been reinstated but the post was removed. Crystal, what's bothered you about maria's post? What bothered you the most? What annoyed me is that she was calling people unhealthy without even knowing them, knowing their statistics, just by looking at a photo of them in lingerie. Is that fair, maria, using the word "unhealthy" not knowing the women? I don't think crystal should use the word "curvy" until we redefine it as something different. What I saw were people who were obese posing in lingerie. What I'm saying is, you are beautiful regardless of size. But we are facing a crisis as a nation with our health issues. You might be surprised how healthy we are. Especially if you could ever come in and check out the research. You can research each one of us so we can let you know how he we are. You cannot tell how healthy someone is. The most recent research shows that you cannot be fit and fat. When I say fat, I mean obese. I'm not talking about -- research also shows that you can't change people into lugz weight. When people carry extra belly fat, that's an indicator. This is a study, you are more prone to health-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes. There's a lot of evidence that also shows that shaming people and putting them down in the media never helps them to lose weight. There is no shame in my speech. If you read my deleted post that you thought was hate speech, there's no shame in what I was talking about. I want you to read that fully and tell me where I shamed anybody. What I was talking about is facts. The facts are that the truth hurts. The fact that you -- they're calling you fat shamer, fat bullier. How do you respond to that? It's not easy being the bad guy, but I'm on your side. I have programs. I'm not in it for -- I'm not campaigning to sell lingerie. I'm campaigning to make a difference. What are you selling, maria? I HAVE AN eBOOK. Sure. You have a program. I can't talk because I can't hear anything. You know, it's never nice to be called the bad guy, but the bad guy sometimes is the person telling the truth. I'm tlling the truth. My mission is to celebrate all women. All women deserve to feel sexy and beautiful. I'll stand by that until the day I die. Maria, do you want the last word? I think all women should feel sexy and beautiful. But at the same time my most important message is that everyone should be healthy. We agreed on that. All women are beautiful.