“So this year I've been judged, mocked, insulted, slut shamed, been on the receiving end of endless death threats, violent threats and been told to kill my self endless times but the one thing that stood out to me and effected me the most was the outrageous and horrific body shaming I received online from one bad photo,” Jessika wrote in a lengthy ‘rant’ - as she called it - on her Instagram, alongside two unedited photos of herself in a bikini.
The bad photo she’s referring to was of her with fellow MAFS star Dan Webb on a Gold Coast beach, where, thanks to Jessika’s revealing bikini, you could see cellulite on her butt and thighs. The backlash she received was brutal. Even her on-show nemesis Mike Gunner was appalled at people’s comment, replying “That’s really uncalled for and very hurtful” to a tweet about Jessika that he was tagged in.
“People even made pages dedicated to this photo so others could join in on ripping my confidence to shreds while giggling behind their keyboards,” Jessika continued, noting that it wasn’t just young teens who may not know better: “I was receiving this from women as old as 50!! Mothers who had daughters of their own even 🤨”.
“I've since worked hard on my body but no amount of exercise or good eating I do can take away the mental damage I received from all of the online ridiculing. To this day I don't like to wear a short shorts let alone the bikini I'm wearing in these unedited photographs, I like to be in a comfortable environment with people I trust so my paranoia doesn't tell me constantly "everyone's looking at you Jess, cover up cover up!!".”
Addressing her decision to share these new bikini photos, Jessika said, “I wanted to share these photos today because, even though it's scary, I shouldn't have ever been made to feel low about my body or self conscious about how I look - NO ONE SHOULD! It's not cool to be nasty or unkind and we have young girls and women out there who are feeling exactly the same way I did and that just sucks! You are beautiful no matter your size, shape, hair color even the color of your skin!”
“If you're comfortable in the way you look then stay like that and don't feed into the negative comments! A lot of what we as humans now view as "beautiful" is unachievable because photoshop doesn't exists in real day to day life and you cant always be in the "perfect" lighting while holding the "perfect" angle.”
Thankfully, even though the haters hurt her self-confidence, she has learned to love her body and block them out. “I have stretch marks and cellulite, I have a little tummy because I love to over indulge but this is me and I'm finally able to say I'm happy with how I look because I feel comfortable.”
As a final plea to all the trolls, she signed off the post by saying, “Please guys, I know it's fun to pick on the "mean girl" from a TV show but just think of the impact your words can have on others sometimes.”