Being a reporter comes with a great deal of responsibility and pressure to be on-point 24/7 and appear well put together. Being the face of the news also means being subject to endless criticism, and just pure hate.
26-year old Demetria Obilor has been a traffic reporter for WFAA Channel 8 News for just two weeks, and has already experienced firsthand how ridiculous some viewers can be, especially about appearance.
On November 1, one woman shared a picture of Obilor wearing a red dress and shared her thoughts on what the reporter was wearing. "She's a 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and looks ridiculous," the post said. She concluded that she would no longer be watching channel 8… Bye Felicia! Seriously, she won't be missed... this is a clear example of body shaming at work, and the internet came through as always to ensure that all of that negativity will not be tolerated.
Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan. pic.twitter.com/ytAKJHMXBy
— Mother of Draggings (@fabfreshandfly) November 3, 2017
The woman’s post went viral after it was posted on Twitter, and even Chance the Rapper was among many people who added their two cents in support of Obilar.
BIIIIIIG MAD https://t.co/E9yzWbU9m8
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 3, 2017
The unapologetic reporter took to Instagram to personally thank those who supported her, while shedding light on an important issue that haunts those in the public eye. “The controversy, it’s coming from people who aren’t too happy with the way I look on television saying ‘oh her body is too big for that dress’, or ‘she’s too curvy’, or ‘her hair is unprofessional, it’s crazy, we don’t like it’. A quick word to those people, this is the way that I’m built, this is the way I was born, I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it you have your options.” She also told NBC news, “"I'm not a 16/18, but even if I was, for you to try to call out my size like that to hurt me or discriminate against me, I'm not for that.” We applaud this Queen for taking a stand, and encourage her to continue spreading this positivity!
Watch her video below as she delves into body-positive realness: