Model slams ‘fatphobic’ reactions to mukbangs

A model took to TikTok to criticize the way some people have reacted to mukbangs, calling them “fatphobic.”

On Nov. 28, Iwani Mawocha, a Singapore-based Zimbabwean model, posted a clip in which she slams the culture surrounding mukbangs — a popular South Korean trend where people broadcast themselves eating large quantities of food and interact with an audience.

In her TikTok, Mawocha specifically takes issue with people who celebrate models or skinny girls who host mukbangs. She starts off the clip with a text overlay that says “Watch a fashion model eat an entire pizza (mukbang).”


I saw another one of these recently and it drives me nuts ##fatphobia ##mukbang ##model

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“First of all, ‘skinny girl eating a whole pizza is not a personality trait’ and the concept is fatphobic,” she then writes.

Mawocha later breaks down her argument.

“If a fat woman were to eat a whole pizza on video, everyone would bully her/act ‘concerned for health,'” another text overlay reads. “But because I’m skinny, I’d be applauded and seen as desirable. You should be concerned for MY health: I’m 55 kg and considered big for a model.”

The model then further elaborates on the struggles that women with different body sizes often face.

“Societal institutions already make it SO hard to be fat and just exist, without everyone’s hateful/snide comments on top of it,” Mawocha writes. “So how about we stop hyping up skinny girls for nothing, and stay tf out of fat women’s business, thank you.”

The TikTok has since received nearly 439,000 views and drawn plenty of supportive comments from fellow users.

“I expected this video to be so different but as a plus-sized woman, THANK YOU!” one person wrote. “And, you are gorgeous!!!”

“This is sooooo important and so great,” another added. “Wow. [It’s an] awesome video.”

“Thank you, I get so much anxiety eating around people,” a third commented.

In addition to modeling, Mawocha runs an organization called Mustard Seed Africa, which economically empowers women in Zimbabwe and Swaziland, according to her website.

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