Sports Illustrated Model Barbara Palvin Addresses Body-Shamers Who Called Her 'Fat'

Barbara Palvin Addresses Body-Shamers Who Called Her 'Fat'
Model Barbara Palvin
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02/23/2016 AT 12:35 PM EST

Barbara Palvin is fighting back at body-shamers who criticized her size.

The Sports Illustrated model addressed commenters on Saturday who called her "fat" in photos from the magazine's newest swimsuit issue.

"Woow. I got some nasty comments about me being fat," tweeted Palvin, 22, who is up for SI's Rookie of the Year award. "Well I am not as skinny as I was when I was 18. But I don't consider myself fat!"

After the Hungarian model finished off her tweet with a peace sign emoticon, many fans came to Palvin's defense.

vote for me maybe to be the Rookie of the year @si_swimsuit #siswim

A photo posted by Barbara Palvin (@realbarbarapalvin) on

"You're such a role model to me. Thank you for existing and being yourself, you're perfect the way you are," tweeted one user.

"If you're 'fat' I wish I was fat too," tweeted another.

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Palvin made her debut in the swimsuit issue that featured three separate cover models including size 16 model Ashley Graham, former UFC champ Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day told PEOPLE they made an effort to be "more inclusive and be more representative of what real beauty is."

"I think that the industry has for a while been stuck. Beauty is subjective. Beauty is not one size fits all. Beauty varies from decade to decade, from country to country, from state to state," said Day. "This is a platform to really celebrate that and remind people of that."
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