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“I have never said I am a model, I have never pretended I was skinny. I do the best I can with what I’ve got and I work really hard at it because I have to…I’m sure a lot of women out there will agree with that because a lot of women probably have the same shape as me.”

Growing up I knew I wanted to be a writer. I even toyed with the idea of studying journalism. But fate took me on a different path. I did, however, study at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. The place was teeming with Jana Wendt wannabes, and I have several mates who went on to do great things in the field.

Newspapers certainly ain’t what they used to be. The competition of online content, the speed and pace that it can be delivered and the quality, which is varied, means that it is available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Me? Total media junkie. I read and write and listen when I work. I see many great journos delivering unbiased content, thoughtfully researched stories and well backed up opinion pieces. Yet there is a special strand of columnists who now use their platform to cast their eye and deliver verdicts on personal choices and styles of celebrities.

I often wonder what their qualifications are?

Ms Sharp DID choose the pictures, after she put out the call for them.

“Looking for sam armytage looking scruffy/too casual/not sexy/bad for asap please — OK to go back and send older pics”

So what is the point of all of this?

Nothing. Nothing but being mean spirited and trying to make women feel shamed. In this case Samantha Armytage.

You wouldn’t  want to be famous for quids, would you? Imagine having to duck up the shops in a full face, knowing that someone could take your photo and sell it to the Telegraph, even 5 years later. Imagine kissing your soft pants goodbye forever! And your COMFY WOMFY jumper? Banished for eternity. I would be a MESS!

Sharp goes on to explain that her writing this article, she is actually “championing” women. Now, I am a woman, have half a brain so I used it to try to comprehend what she meant by this. But I failed.

Bizarrely, Annette Sharp wrote an article a few years ago, which began with…

“It’s a terrible thing to have to acknowledge but Australian women must urgently rethink the value we place on members of our own sex.”

So true, Annette. So true.

So let us know our support to Samantha Armytage, and all women that enjoy getting around in casual clothes while they run errands.

Upload a photo of yourself and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Tag it #comfywomfy and let’s put this sort of bullshit reporting back in its box.

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