The Instagram comment that set Alexa off appears to have been deleted, but People magazine reports a user compared the 32-year-old’s looks to those of her half-sister, Sailor Brinkley Cook, 19.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Mr. Big Shot,” she told the commenter. “You may think I’m hideous, but I like the way I look. And that’s really all that matters. (Besides, there’s a lot more to people than just what they look like.)”
Alexa previously hit back at image-obsessed critics after she, Sailor, and Christie posed for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue last year. “Let’s STOP degrading and START celebrating ourselves and others, from both the inside AND out,” she wrote on Instagram. “There’s far too much degradation, competition, insecurity, and unhealthy standards associated with women and their bodies — particularly on social media … We are all perfect, just as we are. Please know that. Thank you @si_swimsuit for showcasing all heights, shapes, and sizes. For within our distinctions, our quirks, and our self-perceived ‘flaws,’ therein lies the beauty.”
In 2014, she used Facebook to dispel plastic surgery rumors, while confirming one, sole cosmetic operation. “The only thing I have ever had done is my nose, which I have always been completely candid, honest, and open about,” she wrote. “I actually have a hearty dose of self-confidence now — which took me a little extra minute or so to find.”
Anyway, that mean-spirited Instagram user has taken his/her account offline. So we say, Alexa: 1, Online troll: 0.