What would you change? Blogilates and Youtube superstar Cassey Ho responded to her haters with an emotional video that shows the trainer photoshopping her body into the ‘perfect’ figure. Watch it here!
YouTube fitness guru Cassey Ho, 28, the founder of Blogilates and several other fitness enterprises, turned the tables on nasty commenters and used their cruel words to create an emotional and inspiring video about the effects of cyber-bullying on self-esteem — just wait until you see this.
Cassey Ho Photoshops ‘Perfect Body’ After Harsh Criticism
The Blogilates motto is “train like a beast, look like a beauty,” and looking at Cassey, it’s clear that it’s true. Though Cassey’s overall goal is to be positive and encouraging in every way, her followers didn’t necessary follow suit.
Since she started her YouTube channel in 2009, Cassey has garnered negative comments about her figure — which is physically fit, but not as buff as many trainers you may encounter on TV or online — but she said in a blog post that she dealt with it by growing a thicker skin. However, the attacks have recently gotten worse, with cyber bullies trash-talking her weight in the comment sections and even making attack videos about her appearance and credibility as a trainer.
“In the last few months, the negativity towards me personally has gotten worse. I’m a person too, so it really gets to me,” she told PEOPLE. “I had this epiphany: How can I express how I’m feeling visually?”
She got creative, crafting a video that combined some of the most biting comments with a powerful image: a living, breathing photoshop of her “perfect” body. The video begins with Cassey fighting through the nasty words left about her figure.
“Why do all the trainers have a 6-pack but not you,” one comment read.
“no offense but you have no butt,” read another. Wow, none taken dude.
Cassey begins to photoshop herself into the perfect woman, what her haters think she should look like. This isn’t Cassey’s ideal; she loves herself as is (and so do we!). She thins her thighs and waist, creates a larger butt and bust — and looks absolutely crestfallen. Don’t change yourself for anyone!
Fans Miss The Message On Instagram
Initially, Cassey posted her photoshopped figure on Instagram to direct fans to her video. But the move had a surprising response. Some commenters applauded Cassey for losing so much weight, and looking so hot. Of course, some insulted her more for looking too thin now. What?
Wow guys. The response on yesterday's post was moving, incredible, and shocking all at once. Thank you. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm happy that many of you clicked over to watch my short film when you saw my new "perfect" body. You experienced the most powerful video I have ever created. You saw me strip down my confidence and self esteem. You saw me raw. Hurt. And vulnerable. For those who haven't seen it yet, please click on the link in my bio. I wanted to post again because there was a weird phenomenon that happened when I posted this photoshopped picture. On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me. What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be "goals." 2. That some people still think it's not good enough. It's tough knowing what's real and what's not when magazine covers and music videos are photoshopped (yes, music videos), Instagram pics are photoshopped, and so many women are getting surgery. How are we to know what kind of beauty can be naturally achieved when everything around us is so deceiving? If you want to know what you can do to help stop body shaming, all I ask is that you share the video with at least 1 person. That's all. After countless days of shooting, weeks of editing, visual effects, and lots of hard work from a team of amazing people, my short film was turned into a reality. Thank you to James Chen, James Jou, and @smashboxcosmetics for helping me bring this to life. #madeatsmashbox I hope you guys liked it. I love you. Stay beautiful.
It’s a shame that people missed the mark so hard with Cassey’s photoshopped image, but hopefully they clicked the link that led to her emotional video, and saw what their words can do.
“The goal is to show that cyber-bullying and mean comments really affect people, and to think before you say something,” she said to PEOPLE. “I hope that people do the exact opposite after seeing this video, which is enlighten everyone around them with positivity.”
HollywoodLifers, were YOU moved by Cassey’s video? Let us know what you think in the comments!
— Samantha Wilson