A Twitter thread has gone viral after exposing a whole host of celebrities who were viewed as ‘thick’ in the early 2000s.
The online discussion named female stars including LisaRaye McCoy, JLo and Raven Symone as those who were previously assigned the label.
But dozens of Gen Zs were left stunned by the revelations and claimed that people were simply ‘making sh** up.’
A Twitter thread has gone viral after exposing a whole host of celebrities who were viewed as ‘thick’ in the early 2000s – including LisaRaye McCoy (seen), JLo, and Kim Kardashian
Many Twitter users chimed in on the thread with examples of slender stars who were considered to be curvy, noting how much body standards have changed
Singer Jordin Sparks was named as a ‘perfect example of someone who was considered fat’
Another user posted a picture of a slim Kim on the red carpet at an event in the early 2000s
The thread was started by user @Whitleysdaughtr who began by posting a picture of LisaRaye McCoy alongside a caption that read: ‘Another reminder of the women we considered “thick” in the 2000s.’
Sharing snaps of the famous faces as she went, she wrote: ‘JLo had people going crazy over what would be considered a teaspoon of a** these days. The standards of thick have definitely evolved.
‘Jordan Sparks is a perfect example of a person who was considered fat during that time. When her and Raven Symone loss weight many people, yes even Black, cheered!
‘Kim Kardashian in early 2000s when she became popular because everyone was in awe of a “thick,” white woman.’
Her list continued but other social media users quickly jumped on the bandwagon with images of Ki Toy Johnson, Buffie Carruth and Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones all added to the thread.
But despite the overwhelming examples being listed there were many who did not believe that the women were once considered ‘thick’ as one user wrote: ‘Y’all just be making sh** up for real.’
And it was the disbelief that prompted singer Lizzo to respond to the thread with a clip shared to TikTok.
In her video, which has so far been viewed more than 408,000 times, Lizzo spoke directly to camera to talk about the thread.
Others too jumped on the bandwagon with images of Ki Toy Johnson, Buffie Carruth and Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones all added to the thread
She begins: ‘In the early 2000s, [LisaRaye] was considered the definition of thick.
‘Another one of our 2000s thick icons is JLo whose booty was super duper duper praised as being juicy and big and thick and dump-truckish.
‘As well as these video vixens right here [referencing Ki Toy Johnson and Buffie Carruth] who were notoriously known for being thick to the point they thought their bodies were fake.
‘People were accusing them of having fake bodies back then in the early days.’
The hitmaker continues: ‘It’s just another day on Twitter, everyone’s having discourse, however I noticed in the comments that people don’t believe these tweets.
‘There are people who are like, “Y’all just be saying anything, this isn’t true, this isn’t thick” – and it’s important to note that a lot of these people were not born yet or they were babies in this era.
The debate even attracted the attention of singer Lizzo who took to TikTok to share her own thoughts on the discourse
The hitmaker said: ‘It’s just another day on Twitter, everyone’s having discourse, however I noticed in the comments that people don’t believe these tweets’
‘I’m not here to convince you that beauty standards were different back then… what I am here to do is just remark on how quickly the conversation and culture can change.
‘All it takes is 20 years to completely erase an ideal, a thought, a pattern, behavior, the way we treat people, the way we talk about people.
‘That’s important to remember moving forward to avoid erasure and also to get rid of some of this toxic behavior that we praise in culture now.
‘It doesn’t take much to re-shift a narrative and to change a paradigm.’
She concludes: ‘Being an early pioneer in the body positive movement and watching it evolve into body neutrality is humbling. It’s an honor.
‘Watching the definition of thick go from J.Lo to Beyoncé to Tacarra to Precious Lee has been a dream to watch.
‘This is a reminder that there is always going to be a new conversation, there is always going to be a new fight and every movement offsets the next movement.
‘The status quo is meant to be pushed. It’s meant to be evolved so if you feel like the outlier or if you feel that you’re not like everybody else, keep being yourself and watch the world catch up with you.’