Chung lashes back at weight critics

Alexa Chung has bitten back at those who criticise her weight, questioning "why can't I be happy with how I look?"

Speaking to fashionista.com, the model, presenter and new designer vented her frustration at the industry and the "whole culture of hatred".

"I'm just a bit sick of it...feeling like it's your right to judge people when you don't know them" Chung proclaimed, adding "I think it's about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect".

She says style and body weight don't need to be "mutually inclusive", adding "you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight.  I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape, doesn't mean that I'm like advocating it and being like, 'I look great'."

Saying that she is content with her body shape and weight, she explains she is further frustrated when people don't believe she's comfortable and that if a larger woman announces they are happy at their size, it's accepted, whereas with a slender woman it's criticised.

"If I was to do that, I'd be completely criticized and ridiculed. But why can't I be happy with how I look" she asks. "If you say that you sound like you're bragging that you're naturally thin, and you're not allowed to do that because even though it's not the ideal weight, it kind of is as well."

Chung modelling the latest Vero Moda collection

"At this point in timel, and like maybe it will change when I get older but due to stress factors and all that, this is my natural body shape" Chung explains.

The presenter finished by stating "self esteem, that’s something you got to work on yourself. I know for me it’s different day to day. So like, just because you’re in magazines, doesn’t mean you think you’re excellent".