The owner of Curvy Girl plus-size lingerie insists she is not glorifying heavyset women despite the outcry of a fitness advocate called "Fit Mom."
Chrystal Bougon told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that the controversy began as she promoted a Facebook campaign, "UnPhotoshopped Regular Woman," featuring large women in lingerie.
"I get a phone call from Yahoo saying that Fit Mom called me out on her blog and tagged my page by saying I was glorifying obesity," Bougon said.
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"She just kind of popped into my life . . . and started kind of picking a fight and bullying us because we celebrate all women. We think that all women deserve to feel sexy and beautiful," Bougon said.
"Fit Mom's" real name is Maria Kang. She caused a stir several months ago by posting a photo of herself, toned and in a red-and-black bikini, with her three young sons. A caption read: "What's your excuse?"
ABC News reports that Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook
for criticizing Bougon's campaign.
"We need to change this strange mentality we are breeding in the U.S.," Kang had said.
"My passion is to help all women, no matter their size, to feel sexy and beautiful," Bougon told Malzberg.
"She thinks I'm glorifying fat people, but I'm really just trying to celebrate however you look exactly today," Bougon said Monday.
On her blog, Kang said she was sorry — sort of, reported the website Jezebel.
"While I speak strongly about making one's health a priority, the very last thing I intended to express was any level of shame. No one should be ashamed of who they are. At the same time, in order to desire something greater, you have to — at some level — be uncomfortable with where you are at," it quoted Kang as saying.
"When we normalize being unhealthy, we create complacency to positively change," Jezebel reported that Kang wrote.
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