The former Geordie Shore star faced criticism this week after The Mirror published a series of unflattering photos of her smoking on an Australian beach in which she appears far less toned than she does in images on her Instagram account which were taken on the same day.
Speaking to The Sun, the 29-year-old television personality revealed that a newfound sense of body security is all that prevented her from being “floored” by the allegations.
“Bodyshaming makes me sick,” she said. “It’s because I’m so secure and focused on more important things right now, that this latest critique of my body hasn’t floored me entirely like they normally do.”
“When are people going to get tired of making women feel bad for the way they look?” asked Vicky.
“I am appalled that people would criticise another woman, body shame her and attempt to shatter her confidence based solely on a bad camera angle or an unflattering picture.”
The fiery Newcastle native went on to question why society feels it is more important to “shame” women for their appearances than it is to celebrate their ambitions, positive attitudes and career achievements.
“Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I’m healthy, happy and enjoying my life,” she stated. “I genuinely believe in inner beauty and that we rise by lifting and supporting others.”