Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

This is 19 year-old Kanna Motoyoshi. She got into cosplay as a way to show her love for anime character Tieria Erde from Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Not everyone was so receptive, however.

Kanna didn't always look like this. For example, in junior high school, she weighed around 176 pounds. As the screenshot says, this is an actual pic of her from that time:

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

[Photo: Yaraon]

Her story recently appeared on an episode of Japanese television Za! Sekai Gyouten Nyuusu (ザ!世界仰天ニュース), or, loosely, The! World's Amazing News. Image below via nnkaoa:

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

A huge fan of Tieria, she decided to go to an anime event dressed as the character. Here is a dramatic recreation of the event with an actor playing her. The show's depiction was hardly nuanced—note the bandanas, which are a stereotypical otaku, or "geek," trope in Japan:

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

[Photo: Yaraon]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

At the event, Kanna was mocked, with people saying things like, "What's that? Who are you supposed to be cosplaying as?" [Photo: /akanenene000]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

Then, she looked at herself in the mirror. [Photo: Eva08Ke]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

The subtitle says something like, "Just a fatty looking weird." Eh... [Photo: Shining Finger]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

And after that, she wondered if she wasn't bringing shame to the anime character Tieria—causing people to laugh at the character. On the show's dramatic recreation, Kanna then apologized to Tieria. Why can't the jerks who made fun of her apologize? [Photo: mocarain]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

After that, she put the character's cards where snacks were kept because...Tieria is always watching. [Photo: Megane_89]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

And the result was, according to the show, that Kanna went from 209 pounds to 99 pounds, losing over a hundred pounds. [Photo: yuikatto3414]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

The show visited her at home and showed off her stomach. [Photo: Yaraon]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

She seems so happy! [Photo: har10b]

Young Cosplayer Lost Over 100 Pounds After Fat Shaming

Look, people should be able to do what they want. If someone wants to cosplay as a certain character, and their body (or skin color or gender or whatever!) isn't an exact match, who cares. They shouldn't be made to feel bad about that.

And if somebody wants to lose a lot of weight (though, this certainly seems extreme), that's their decision. However, they shouldn't feel compelled to do so to meet preconceived notions that other people have or unrealistic artistic renditions. They should do it for themselves.

ザ!世界仰天ニュース [NTV]

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