In the interview, she was asked whether she had changed “as a person”, which she denied.
“I like to think I looked good at all sizes and stuff and I've always been quite confident,” she said. “So it wasn't like I wasn't confident and then now I'm, like, super confident."
She continued by explaining that what had actually changed was how people see her: “I think what's been really interesting to me is how other people treat you. Sometimes being bigger, people didn't necessarily look twice at you. And now that I'm in a good shape, like, people offer to carry my groceries to the car and hold doors open for you. I was like: 'Is this what other people experienced all the time?'"
The interview sparked debate about fatphobia and thin privilege. While some noted that it’s pretty well known that thin people have always received preferential treatment.
This isn’t news Rebel. We get treated like crap every day. Did you forget already? What it’s like to be our size? C… https://t.co/LueGqlLRkZ
— Ally R. | Magical Lifestyle (@Ally R. | Magical Lifestyle)
@Jezebel breaking: water is wet!
— Dr. Eir-Anne Edgar (@Dr. Eir-Anne Edgar)
Others empathised with how upsetting the experience can be.
There is a fucked up thing to have to wrap your mind around when you fall into "traditionally thin". It is astonish… https://t.co/p0MeMW3aY8
As one writer who could relate to Wilson pointed out, the reality of fatphobia is often just being ignored. She added that we can expose everyday fatphobia by “illuminating how invisible or beat down bigger people can be made to feel, as well as the privileges smaller bodies have”.
I doubt Rebel’s implying she’s only just realizing fatphobia/sizeism is a thing. She is talking here specifically a… https://t.co/eamnElhcza