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Alicia Mitchell is a plus-sized beauty and style blogger who has spent much of her life learning to love and celebrate her curves. She's faced criticism for ages but never on as grand a scale as what she has faced recently. The former beauty queen from Jersey is used to people looking at her and commenting on her appearance, but it typically happens on her terms.

Somehow, an image of Mitchell in an old Halloween costume surfaced on the internet and gained traction as people began to mock her for it. Mitchell paid homage to Aaliyah, sporting a recreation of her metallic bikini top look from the "Try Again" video.

This look:

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Aaliyah was known for her long and slender build, and the look accentuated it by maximizing the amount of skin shown. The top had the thinnest straps possible and the pants gave us that '90s lower-than-low-rise. Mitchell wasn't fazed; she knew she could adapt the look for her body and comfort level and make it work.

She nailed the look by lifting the rise on the pants and adding a jacket so she didn't freeze to death.

Most of the responses she received were positive until one man took it upon himself to re-post her image negatively. The comments on that post were awful. Eventually, someone tagged her Mitchell so she could see the post, the comments, everything. It was bad.

Mitchell told BuzzFeed:

"As soon as I turned on my phone, my notifications started going crazy. I went on to Facebook and saw that someone had tagged me to a post that a gentleman had written about me in a negative light and I was like: 'wait a minute, I don't know this man' and I looked through the comments and it was chaos from there."

Once she was tagged, the abuse went from the comments section to her inbox. People called her a "fat b*tch" and said awful, abusive things. One person told her that what she SHOULD have been for Halloween was running on a treadmill. Mitchell said the experience was confusing for her since none of these people actually knew her or knew anything about her. They didn't know about her charity work, her longstanding efforts to uplift anyone who is different, or her body-positive message. They just knew she was "fat" and they hated her for it.

But Mitchell, in keeping with her personal values, faced the situation with positivity rather than telling everyone where to shove it.

That positivity took the internet by storm. People came out of the woodwork to defend the look and compliment her for doing it so well.:







And can we talk about THIS amazing nod!?! If Missy says Aaliyah would have loved it, that's the end of the story.

The man who originally shamed her did eventually show back up — in her inbox. He pulled the classic backpedal maneuver, but Mitchell wasn't about to let him off without reminding him that there is a lesson here.

She told Buzzfeed:

"He was in my inbox trying to explain himself. He tried to apologize, tried to clean it up, he tried to say it wasn't his intention he said, 'oh I thought you were cute but it was the wrong fit.' Who are you to tell me what looks right on me? Now you've started all this, these people that don't even know me, I've got people in my inbox sending hateful messages, my picture is going around everywhere and I was just minding my business and you started something that I didn't ask for."


We remind you once again that there are actual human beings on the other sides of these pictures and memes you re-post. They may not have asked for their 15 minutes of internet infamy; and there are very real consequences. We're so incredibly proud of Alicia Mitchell and inspired by her boldness and positivity.


H/T: Twiter, Instagram, Buzzfeed, BBC

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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