Former Australian tennis star turned commentator Jelena Dokic has lashed out at social media trolls for body-shaming her, labeling it “disgusting behaviour”.
Dokic, who has repeatedly spoken out bravely about the abuse she suffered for over 20 years at the hands of her father Damir, regularly posts on her Instagram account to highlight the importance of mental health and body positivity.
The Former World No. 4 and Channel 9 tennis commentator was moved to publish a lengthy post on her social media platform after seeing abuse from fans in recent days.
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“I can’t believe I have to address this again!” Doc wrote on Instagram.
“I am being body shamed again and I am seeing comments and even articles about my weight and appearance. It’s disgusting behaviour.
“JUST STOP ALREADY. NOT JUST WHEN IT COMES TO ME BUT OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL, ESPECIALLY WOMEN.
“This is a serious problem and one that women face all the time.
I have said it before and I will say it again, STOP COMMENTING ON MY WEIGHT AND SIZE.
“It’s not kind and it’s ignorant.
“I am strong, I can take it and I don’t care about you but I will call it out. By doing this you might be doing damage and hurting someone else out there that you know nothing about and you have no idea what they might be going through.
“Stop judging me based on my size.
“You shouldn’t be judging me at all.
“Is my worth and if I am a good person really determined by my size?
“I get comments like, why are you so fat?
“Or, you are unrecognizable? And my favorite is, what happened to you?
“Well a sh*t load has happened but I am here and I am fighting but that’s not what you care about. You only care about my weight and how to make fun of it.”
The Former World No. 4, who won six WTA titles throughout her 16-year professional career, said she was also seeing images that are “photoshopped to make me look bigger”, which she labeled “disgusting”. She said whoever shared those images “should be ashamed of themselves and so should those that are writing articles about my weight”.
“I have never hid the fact that I struggle with my weight. NEVER. It’s been a battle for me for a while especially since battling depression,” she said.
“But I am not ashamed of my size.
“I will continue to work on myself but not for the sake of looking better but feeling better and being healthier.”
“As always to the 99 per cent of you that support me so much, thank you.
“It means the world to me and I love you all.
“Be child. ️”