Professor Green has landed himself and the missus in hot water after describing one of Mille's (many, many) selfies as 'thinspirational', a term favoured by pro-ana websites.
First of all, in case you don't know who she is, Millie first came to the fore on Made in Chelsea (she's going to inherit sweet company Quality Street), she's since married to the aforementioned Professor Green, and she's currently a contestant on the UK versions of Celebrity Masterchef. You see, Millie is mad about food. For example, she posted the following description of her breakfast. If her feed is anything to go by, she is one for healthy eating and extreme exercise - hence why she was quick to retort to her husband's "thinspiration" comment with "fitspiration!"
— Millie Mackintosh (@millsmackintosh) July 3, 2014
According to The Daily Mail, Professor Green's comment sparked a number of echoed tweets, such as the following...
— May-Z (@maizey__) June 20, 2014
And more worryingly...
The day has come where I have decided I am not eating anymore and I want to get really thin! @millsmackintosh is my thinspiration
— Christie Rose (@ChristielRose) June 27, 2014
Thing is - and I'm not entirely defending Millie and her penchant for posting near unachievable pictures of herself with abandon - people have been referring to her as #thinspiration for years. Fearne Cotton is also a thinspiration icon and she spends most of her time in wooly jumpers. I recall watching a documentary which showed Fearne finding out she was featured on pro-ana websites. She was devastated. Cotton hasn't put herself "out there" to such an extent (true, she's done the odd lads' mag shoot, but she's not posting full length selfies several times a day), and that's because she has a full time job...
What people need to remember is that Millie presumable has a) probably born with a certain genetic make up, b) has access to all the finest foods going, and c) appears to have several hours a day to work out at the gym.
What I'm trying to say is, the word "thinspiration" can be so emotive. Some are more unwitting ambassadors than others - either way, it's a continuation of the worrying trend of young girls obsessing about their weight. What we all need to remember is healthy is good, underweight is not. Balance is everything.
The more that message is spread, the better. I, for one, will be spreading it like wild fire on account of being perpetually freaked regarding the impact of such unrelenting selfie culture will have on my daughter in years to come.