Alana Thompson has her share of body-shamers as well as fans — a phenomenon she says is actually being perpetuated by her generation. When she posted her photoshoot from Teen Vogue, comments included: “Are we glorifying morbidly obese people now?” and “Well, when you gain celebrity status, anything is possible, regardless of appearance.” Others have scoffed at the idea of a teen who’s not a size 0 posing for a fashion shoot.
“Everybody’s all about body positivity, body positivity, until they see a body they don’t like,” Thompson told Teen Vogue. “I don’t understand why people think this way.” Neither does her family. Her oldest sister, Anna Marie Cardwell, was known as “Chickadee” during her time on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” She sounded off on the trolls in a recent interview with British tabloid The Sun. “Alana is beautiful,” she said. “The modeling industry has gotten so much backlash for not having plus-sized models, now they’re doing diversity with all different types of people and cultures. Basically, [Alana] is putting herself out there, and all the teens who are overweight now — she has given them the encouragement [to do it].”
Cardwell, now 26, is a mom of two who boasts her own large group of social media followers, thanks to her time on the show and to her product endorsements (via HollywoodLife). She said of herself and her three sisters, “We are nuts for sure, but we all are beautiful. We all could be models.”