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UPDATED: Lucy Hale apologises for body-shaming herself on Instagram

I know people look up to me and I should be way more aware of what I say sometimes.

By: Natasha Harding

UPDATED 20/06/17 12:00pm: Lucy Hale has been quick to respond to the online backlash that followed her calling herself 'fat' in a throwback with her dad shared on Instagram over the weekend.

ICYMI: Lucy tagged her friend, Scott Cunha and wrote 'ugh I was so fat’, prompting fans to remind Lucy that she's a role model for lots of young women and should be more mindful when posting about body image.

Lucy has now taken to Twitter to share an apology to those offended by her comment, remarking that it was a thoughtless throwaway.

Fans were quick to accept Lucy's apology, stating that none of us are perfect and we all have our own insecurities.

ORIGINAL 20/06/17 8:50am: To celebrate Father’s Day in the US, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale shared a throwback snap with her dad on Instagram with the caption “you taught me to have soul. I love you daddy”.

Cute huh?

But after taking a closer look at the comments section, fans noticed that Lucy also wrote a not-so sweet message to her hairsylist, Scoty Cunha, body shaming her own weight. The comment read, ‘@thescottycunha ugh I was so fat’.

Not surprisingly, fans were upset by Lucy’s throwaway remark for a couple of reasons.

First up, the ‘ugh’ implies that being ‘fat’ is a negative thing, and that she was disgusted with the previous pic of herself.

Secondly, as a role model to a whole heap of young girls, promoting a body ideal while condemning another can be particularly harmful, especially for individuals who might identify with Lucy’s throwback figure.

Other fans came to Lucy’s defence, telling people to not be so quick to pass judgement on Lucy’s remarks, as she has the right to feel however she wants about her body, and people don’t know what she has been through.

“Maybe she was eating unhealthy and now eats healthy. Maybe she wasn't exercising and now does,” one user wrote.

Sure, while Luce is 100% entitled to feel however she wants about her body, celebrities and influencers should be especially considerate about how they talk address body image issues online.

You're beautiful Luce, always have been and always will be ❤❤.