- TikToker Mikaela Testa filmed her “first meal in 48 hours” after another influencer called her “fat”.
- The excerpt of Kerri Gribble’s “sarcastic bodies” comments led to widespread backlash.
- Testa told viewers that she has struggled with an ED and invited others who are related to have a meal with her.
Australian influencer Mikaela Testa shared a video of herself eating her “first meal in 48 hours” to “show how badly a comment can affect someone” after fellow OnlyFans influencer Kerri Gribble said the Testa looked “fat in person” in an expired one. Snapchat video. The clip prompted widespread accusations from users that Gribble was “body shaming” Testa.
“I haven’t left the house in a week since that comment was made because I just don’t like the way I look and I don’t want anyone to see me,” Testa told viewers in a Dec. 17 video.
“I struggled with an eating disorder between the ages of 16 and 21 and it was one of the reasons I had my surgery because I thought it would fix what was wrong with my brain,” the influencer explained.
“Literally the last thing I wanted was for it to resurface and come back because I don’t know how to fix it.”
“Because I keep it real online or do my best, I wanted to show you how bad a comment can affect someone. This is my first meal in 48 hours.”
Testa, who said she has a “very good support system” right now, invited others who may be “struggling to eat” right now to eat with her, a supportive act also commonly displayed by TikTok creators such as Jen Curley, who has filmed herself eating ‘fear foods’ submitted by her followers in an attempt to help normalize them.
“Let’s eat together,” Testa told viewers before opening pizza boxes and biting into a slice.
“I don’t know why I let that comment get to me,” Testa continued. “I think it’s because she was my friend.”
In the December 8 clip that has since been re-uploaded by other social media users, Grumble said “Mikaela Testa is fat in person, social media is fake.”
That same day, Testa appeared to respond to Gribble’s comments on a TikTok, filming herself with an on-screen caption that read: “A girl I met at an event called me fat for her instant story hours later if she believes that this is “fat” is, I’m worried.”
Commenters responded to Grumble’s comments with disbelief and anger: “What kind of world do we live in where people say shit like that?” said one user who had reposted the clip. Many users, including Jamie Lee King, also called on White Fox Boutique, a store that Gribble used to work with, to stop working with the influencer.
The boutique commented under King’s post, as Insider’s Charissa Cheong previously reported, saying it was “no longer affiliated with the brand,” which the brand also confirmed in a statement to News.com.au.
According to an expired social media statement obtained by the Daily Mail, Gribble wrote that she doesn’t think Testa is “fat” and that she also doesn’t see the word as an insult.
“I’m not going to sit here and beat myself up for saying something bad about someone, because I’m human, we all do it with our friends, and there’s always more to a story!” wrote the influencer, according to the Daily Mail.
Under her Dec. 17 video, Testa commented, “Either way, Kerri apologized, and while I don’t accept the apology itself, we can move on and I forgive her.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder in the US, you can call NEDA Helpline (1-800-931-2237) or email [email protected] weekdays for support, resources and information about treatment options. In crisis situations, NEDA offers 24/7 support — just text “NEDA” to 741-741.