Instagram Yoga Star Says She Was Body Shamed for Wearing White Leggings

Instagram Yoga Star Says She Was Body Shamed for Wearing White Leggings
Kerri Verna
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02/18/2016 AT 09:35 AM EST

Kerri Verna is a role model for yogis as she twists and turns in her popular Instagram, @beachyogagirl, but she's not immune to body shaming.

The yoga instructor from Palm Beach, Florida, boasts almost one million followers, but she let the body doubt creep in when she posted a photo of herself in white leggings, and one commenter wrote about "what a large a$$ I had and that I shouldn't wear white," Verna says.

Let's talk about body shaming for a moment. Last time I wore white someone commented what a large a$$ I had and that I shouldn't wear white. Even though I'm totally happy with my body and completely self confident with my body image, I will say on that particular day I wasn't feeling my best. I immediately deleted the photo and began to look closely at all my photos. Not that I thought I was "fat" but I began to question wearing white and if it "made me look fat". After a good night sleep, I woke up the next day wondering WHY IN THE WORLD did I let some random internet "troll" bother me so much as to actually delete a photo!! You see, these photos are for me and no one else. I love fashion, photography, puppies, yoga, fitness, and the beach. They ARE all FOR ME and I'm quite happy with who I AM. If someone is inspired by me that makes it even better. So, if you think my butt is too big to wear white or you think white makes my butt looks too big in this photo and you want to tell me ... 1. You are a troll. And 2. Thank you for your opinion but I didn't ask and I don't care. #sorrynotsorry Women OF ALL SIZES need to LOVE their bodies and wear white shorts if you want to! If you like it, wear it ... NEVER let anyone's opinion make you feel bad or shameful about your body. It's just a shell ... It doesn't define you. Rocking my WHITE Shine Shorts and Tetris Twisted bra from @liquidoactive our new Capsule Collection called @omstarsapparel #endbodyshaming

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"Even though I'm totally happy with my body and completely self confident with my body image, I will say on that particular day I wasn't feeling my best," she explains in a post, this time with a photo of her looking strong in white shorts. "I immediately deleted the photo and began to look closely at all my photos. Not that I thought I was 'fat' but I began to question wearing white and if it 'made me look fat.' "



But she quickly came to her senses, Verna says, and realized that she should feel confident in herself.

"After a good night sleep, I woke up the next day wondering WHY IN THE WORLD did I let some random internet 'troll' bother me so much as to actually delete a photo!!"

A photo posted by Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl) on



"You see, these photos are for me and no one else. I love fashion, photography, puppies, yoga, fitness, and the beach. They ARE all FOR ME and I'm quite happy with who I AM. If someone is inspired by me that makes it even better."

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And she's encouraging other women not to let the body-shamers bring them down.



"Women OF ALL SIZES need to LOVE their bodies and wear white shorts if you want to!" Verna writes. "If you like it, wear it ... NEVER let anyone's opinion make you feel bad or shameful about your body. It's just a shell ... It doesn't define you."

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