‘I mean I did drop my pants and write a face on my butt and posted it to Instagram … Michelle made some comment to some television show and she was like ‘I’ve never met a happy fat person,’ recounted Rochester of her history of hostility.
‘And I just, and it for me it was the final straw, I had been silent for so long, it was like the little mouse that roared. Could have perhaps chosen better words.’
But could she have chosen a better photograph of her backside?
Insisting that she doesn’t fit Bridges’ purported stereotype of what overweight people are allegedly like, Ajay isn’t backing down.
‘If you’re going to make millions of dollars in the weight loss industry, then understand and acknowledge and have some empathy for your client. Don’t turn around and go you’ve never met a fat happy person,’ she ranted about Bridges’ alleged attitude.
‘It’s the most judgmental, discriminatory thing that you say and it just continually perpetuates this notion that fat is unhealthy, fat is unhappy, fat is different, fat is not OK and it’s like no, you know what?
‘I get that that’s your brand, but everybody is different and everybody deserves the right to be happy.’
Michelle, who has built a multi-million dollar empire on her fitness advice, sparked the tirade by challenging the body acceptance and fat positivity movements that are now increasingly popular in society.
‘It might be seen that I have this agenda on people who are overweight or people who are deemed fat,’ Michelle said.
‘Honestly, if you are happy where you are, more power to you. But I can tell you, I'm yet to meet someone who is morbidly obese and happy.’