'This just screams hypocrisy': Jameela Jamil clashes with Victoria's Secret star Sara Sampaio in VERY heated debate about the pitfalls of modelling industry

  • The Good Place star Jameela butted heads with runway model Sara in a Twitter exchange on Tuesday
  • The actress had retweeted a post about women dancing down the runway during Vienna Fashion Week 2018, adding 'this looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight'
  • Sara took umbrage at her comment, calling out Jameela for 'bringing other people down' in her crusade to promote body positivity
  • Jameela said: 'I’m an activist. My words aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive. Change doesn’t come from being polite' 

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet about a runway show that sparked a war of words with model Sara Sampaio on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Jamil, 33, retweeted a clip from Vienna Fashion Week 2018 showing the Gold Caviar Crew dancing on the runway, dancing and smiling as they paraded down the runway in traditional Nigerian clothing. 

Jamil, a former model agent herself, tweeted, 'Oh my god This looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful,' which caught the attention of Sampaio.

Feud: The Good Place star Jameela Jamil sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet about a runway show that sparked a war of words with model Sara Sampaio
Clash: Victoria's Secret model Sara took umbrage to Jameela's comments about  'long-starved terrified teenager(s)' on the catwalks

Feud: The Good Place star Jameela Jamil (left) sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet about a runway show that sparked a war of words with model Sara Sampaio (right)

Jameela's tweet: Jamil, a former model agent herself, tweeted: 'Oh my god This looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful'

Jameela's tweet: Jamil, a former model agent herself, tweeted: 'Oh my god This looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful'

Sara, 28, a Victoria's Secret Angel who became the first Portuguese model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, clapped back at Jamil.

Accusing Jameela, 33, of 'hypocrisy', she called out the self-confessed activist for 'bringing other people down' in her crusade to promote body positivity.

'How about celebrating someone without bringing other people down?' Sampaio replied.

'Calling runway models "long-starved terrified teenager" is extremely offensive. From someone that is always preaching for body positivity this just screams hypocrisy.'

Jameela responded minutes later, clarifying she wasn't referring to every model in her original tweet. 

'I didn’t say all models in my tweet so try to calm down. But I will say there is a *vast* majority issue with young girls starving themselves, and using drugs and cocaine to control their weight, to meet the very small sample sizes. If you don’t see that, then you are in a bubble,' Jamil said. 

Furious: Sara, 28, a Victoria's Secret Angel who became the first Portuguese model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, clapped back at Jamil

Furious: Sara, 28, a Victoria's Secret Angel who became the first Portuguese model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, clapped back at Jamil

She added in another tweet, 'I also don’t preach “body positivity.” I talk about moving away from all talk of body, in order to combat our current pervasive issue of eating disorder culture, which is in NO small way perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be.' 

Sara responded by stating that Jameela still shouldn't have felt the need to, 'attack girls just so you can celebrate others.'  

'Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole,' Sampaio added.

'And when you talk like you know for sure majority of (models) have eating disorders and drug problems, when that’s not the case. And about modeling I can for sure talk with more certainty than you.  

'Sure that happens but it’s for sure not a vast majority. The point of my tweet though, wasn’t that one! And you know!' Sampaio added. 

Clarify: Jameela responded minutes later, clarifying she wasn't referring to every model in her original tweet

Clarify: Jameela responded minutes later, clarifying she wasn't referring to every model in her original tweet

Chill: 'I didn’t say all models in my tweet so try to calm down. But I will say there is a *vast* majority issue with young girls starving themselves, and using drugs and cocaine to control their weight, to meet the very small sample sizes. If you don’t see that, then you are in a bubble,' Jamil said

Chill: 'I didn’t say all models in my tweet so try to calm down. But I will say there is a *vast* majority issue with young girls starving themselves, and using drugs and cocaine to control their weight, to meet the very small sample sizes. If you don’t see that, then you are in a bubble,' Jamil said

Body positivity: She added in another tweet, 'I also don’t preach “body positivity.” I talk about moving away from all talk of body, in order to combat our current pervasive issue of eating disorder culture, which is in NO small way perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be'

Body positivity: She added in another tweet, 'I also don’t preach “body positivity.” I talk about moving away from all talk of body, in order to combat our current pervasive issue of eating disorder culture, which is in NO small way perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be'

Jamil retorted that she, 'was a model, and a model agent and a lot of my friends are still models and agents. Who are all struggling with ongoing unrealistic standards of this industry you benefit from, which is why you are fiercely defending it, and asking me not to call out its devastating wrongs.' 

'Sara, respectfully, I don’t think this is the hill to die on. This industry is unlike other industries in that it makes professionals out of children, and informs culture and society, and is a standard set for young people everywhere. Fashion is a dangerous industry for too many,' Jamil added.

The Portuguese fshion model added, 'How is saying to not deminish other people to celebrate others negative for girls? Cause that was the point of my tweet! Period! 

'I never said there wasn’t a problem with the industry, so don’t go around and put words in my mouth! Be better than that! (sic)' 

Jameela retorted by telling her, 'Don’t police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic. I was celebrating that it’s a refreshing change, compared to the toxic fashion show norm. 

No attack: Sara responded by stating that Jamil still shouldn't have felt the need to, 'attack girls just so you can celebrate others'

Retort: Jamil retorted that she, 'was a model, and a model agent and a lot of my friends are still models and agents. Who are all struggling with ongoing unrealistic standards of this industry you benefit from, which is why you are fiercely defending it, and asking me not to call out its devastating wrongs'

Retort: Jamil retorted that she, 'was a model, and a model agent and a lot of my friends are still models and agents. Who are all struggling with ongoing unrealistic standards of this industry you benefit from, which is why you are fiercely defending it, and asking me not to call out its devastating wrongs'

Debate: Sara added, 'How is saying to not deminish other people to celebrate others negative for girls? Cause that was the point of my tweet! Period! I never said there wasn’t a problem with the industry, so don’t go around and put words in my mouth! Be better than that! (sic)'

Debate: Sara added, 'How is saying to not deminish other people to celebrate others negative for girls? Cause that was the point of my tweet! Period! I never said there wasn’t a problem with the industry, so don’t go around and put words in my mouth! Be better than that! (sic)'

Retort: Jamil retorted by telling her, 'Don’t police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic. I was celebrating that it’s a refreshing change, compared to the toxic fashion show norm. I’m an activist. My words aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive. Change doesn’t come from being polite'

Retort: Jamil retorted by telling her, 'Don’t police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic. I was celebrating that it’s a refreshing change, compared to the toxic fashion show norm. I’m an activist. My words aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive. Change doesn’t come from being polite'

'I’m an activist. My words aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive. Change doesn’t come from being polite.'

She continued: 'I’m energized by the HUNDREDS of emails and messages a day I get from people about their damaged mental health and body image issues.

'I’m not going away until the problem goes away. (PS if anyone finds me annoying, they should help me end this problem and I will chill out!)' 

In a separate tweet to another fan, Sampaio said: 'I said what I had to say. She’s not willing to listen nor trying to understand other people’s opinions... I stand by what I said! You never need to bash other people to celebrate others! No matter what.'  

When Sara went quiet on Twitter, Jameela shared a final post to celebrate having helped towards 'educating a supermodel about where best to direct her anger and sizable power'.

The jubilant star told her followers: 'Think we all hopefully went some way to educating a supermodel about where best to direct her anger and sizable power.

'Thanks for the overwhelming support in standing up for young girls and calling out toxic systems designed to hurt them.'

Tweet: In a separate tweet to another fan, Sampaio said, 'I said what I had to say. She’s not willing to listen nor trying to understand other people’s opinions... I stand by what I said! You never need to bash other people to celebrate others! No matter what'

Tweet: In a separate tweet to another fan, Sampaio said, 'I said what I had to say. She’s not willing to listen nor trying to understand other people’s opinions... I stand by what I said! You never need to bash other people to celebrate others! No matter what'

Show of support: Jameela was thrilled most of her followers were on her side in the debate

Show of support: Jameela was thrilled most of her followers were on her side in the debate 

Thumbs up! When Sara went quiet on Twitter, Jameela shared a final post to celebrate having helped towards 'educating a supermodel about where best to direct her anger and sizable power'

Thumbs up! When Sara went quiet on Twitter, Jameela shared a final post to celebrate having helped towards 'educating a supermodel about where best to direct her anger and sizable power'

This isn't the first time Jameela has caused a stir with her straight-talking comments on Twitter, including GMB's Piers Morgan and the Kardashian clan. 

Jameela recently insisted she is not interested in having 'beef' with the Kardashians or 'cancel anyone' — after she accused the reality star family of promoting unsafe body expectations when advertising detox teas and shakes. 

The body activist has made headlines in the last couple of years for her public critiques of the Kardashian family on social media, calling them out for promoting laxatives and harmful diet practices.  

Explaining her position on why the Kardashians should stop promoting products to their fans with potentially dangerous side effects, she previously tweeted: 'Essentially, 'f*** the young, impressionable people, or those struggling with eating disorders, we want the money.

'I have been given these same opportunities to flog this stuff, and I don't do it, so they don't have to. Thank you, next.' 

Her response didn't stop there, as Jameela continued: 'Their pockets are lined with the blood and diarrhea of teenage girls...' 

But in an interview with Bustle for its Rule Breakers digital cover, Jameela said she was not trying to fight with the family — and would lay off if they'd just stop pushing products that might promote eating disorders. 

'I’m not trying to cancel anyone,' she said, adding: 'I don’t want to beef with the Kardashians. They have a huge amount of influence. I just want them to use that for more good.'

Controversial: Jameela has been vocal about her anger that the Kardashian family, including Kim, is known for promoting Flat Tummy Tea products on their Instagram pages

Controversial: Jameela has been vocal about her anger that the Kardashian family, including Kim, is known for promoting Flat Tummy Tea products on their Instagram pages

Not afraid: Jameela's problems with the Kardashian family heightened after they spoke to the New York Times in March

Not afraid: Jameela's problems with the Kardashian family heightened after they spoke to the New York Times in March

Not happy: At the time, Kim said she was not worried about Jameela's criticism. This encouraged the actress to call out the family for lining their pockets

Not happy: At the time, Kim said she was not worried about Jameela's criticism. This encouraged the actress to call out the family for lining their pockets 

Besides speaking about the Kardashians, Jameela also answered to previously criticising Miley Cyrus for expressing her sexuality when performing on stage in 2013, as well as attacking Beyonce for showing showing too much skin in a 2014 music video. 

'I regret all the mistakes I made. I call myself a feminist-in-training,' Jameela admitted.

'Stuff I said when I was younger — I didn’t really have all the answers yet. I hadn’t had therapy yet. I didn’t know who I was actually angry at.' 

Jameela has found motivation in calling out body shaming whenever she sees it. 

She launched her I Weigh Instagram page last year to inspire people to celebrate what makes up their bodies outside of weight.  

The actress has also worked with a number of organizations, such as Aerie, to promote body positivity for people of all sizes. 

The desire to take on this cause stemmed from her own work in the industry, Jameela said. 

Speaking up: Jameela has found motivation in calling out body shaming whenever she sees it. She launched her I Weigh Instagram page last year to inspire people to celebrate what makes up their bodies outside of weight

Speaking up: Jameela has found motivation in calling out body shaming whenever she sees it. She launched her I Weigh Instagram page last year to inspire people to celebrate what makes up their bodies outside of weight

 

Jameela Jamil and Sara Sampaio engage in a Twitter feud over modeling and body positivity

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