Gabrielle Union Reaches Out To Body-Shamed News Anchor

A famous actress is defending a Georgia journalist who faced ridicule for her choice of maternity clothes.

People magazine reported that Gabrielle Union slammed viewers who criticized the television news anchor, Laura Warren, for wearing a dress that did not conceal the size of her stomach. The reporter shared some of the nasty comments she received earlier this year, after she donned the dress at the 20-week point of her pregnancy.

In one voice-mail message Warren posted on her blog, a woman called the anchor “disgusting” and told her to “buy some decent maternity clothes so you don’t walk around looking like you got a watermelon strapped under your too-tight outfits.”

Warren responded: “I think instead of letting this lady get me down, I’m just going to turn her negative energy into positive energy. I’m going to say as many nice things as I can to as many people as I can, and I’m going to do it in a dress that fits these beautiful new curves with my ‘watermelon’ stomach showing.”

Union said that last week, when she heard about the abuse Warren had endured, she decided to pick the reporter as her “Woman Crush Wednesday.” In addition to telling her Twitter followers about the situation, the actress pledged to give Warren some clothing from the fashion line she created for New York & Company.

Union told the anchor to “keep being you” and “flaunt what your mama gave ya!” Warren’s son, John Michael, was born in November. The mother publicly expressed her thanks to Union for defending her. She tweeted that it was “such an honor coming from such a beautiful, hard working and inspiring lady like you!”

The website APlus pointed out that the actress also recently spoke up for another body-shaming victim, news anchor Demetria Obilor of Dallas, Texas. The journalist endured allegations of failing to wear outfits that properly fit her. One viewer said she looked “ridiculous.”

Obilor fired back: “This is the way that I’m built. This is the way that I was born. I’m not going anywhere. So if you don’t like it, you have your options.” Union praised the reporter on social media and sent her clothes from her collection.

Obilor posted pictures of herself wearing one of the dresses, and thanked the actress for her support.

In October, Union blasted those who suggest women who wear certain types of clothing are to blame when they become victims of sexual harassment or assault. She was reacting to scandals involving powerful men in show business, the news media, politics and other professions.

“I got raped at work at a Payless shoe store,” the actress wrote. “I had on a long tunic & leggings so miss me w/ ‘dress modestly’ s**t.”

Union, 45, rose to fame in the 1990s in situation comedies on television. She moved on to films, appearing in “She’s All That” and “10 Things I Hate About You” in 1999. Stardom arrived the following year with her performance in “Bring It On.” Union later had roles in “The Brothers,” “Cadillac Records,” “Being Mary Jane” and other movies.

Source: APlus
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