A woman who hit back at a date who told her she was too fat to go out with has been inundated with offers but insists she is “too busy” for blokes, according to the Daily Post.
Michelle Thomas, 30, hit the headlines when a blog post she had written in response to the criticism went viral on the internet.
But today, despite what she said was a fantastic response including many messages of support from around the world, she has said she has decided to give up on internet dating for the time being.
Instead she is going to put her efforts into empowering other women.
She told the Daily Post: “To be honest I am too busy. I have deleted the Tinder application and I haven’t bothered with another dating site.”
Offers to tell her story, a book project and her decision to start #healthhappyhot, which is designed to empower people to feel good about themselves, are taking up her time.
She has been featured in the national papers, appeared on TV and even got approval from people like New Girl star Zooey Deschanel for her heartfelt and strong retort to her misguided date.
“All in all it’s been an incredible experience,” she said. “I didn’t think it would be seen by 180,000.
“The response overall has been really positive and I have had so many comments and e-mails from all over the world.
“The blog has gone all around the world, so it just says people want to have this conversation – about body issues – it’s very galvanising and empowering.
“I wrote the blog for comfort and reassurance and I have had that back in bucket loads.”
She admitted to shedding a tear when she first got the 400 word email from her date, known only as Simon, telling her he “adored” her before going on to say “my mind is turned on by someone slimmer”.
Her public reply, posted to her blog along with his email, told him in no uncertain terms how hurtful and backward his attitude was.
Michelle accepts she’s “20 pounds overweight” but she is happy with who and what she is.
“Clearly there’s an insidious line of body-related sexism, which while not unique to our time, is shocking in its backwardness,” she wrote in a first person piece for stylist.co.uk.
She has since been on Loose Women, London Life and even had a feature in Sarah Millican’s Standard Issue online magazine and found a cause to fight for all those who are haunted by their body demons.
Healthhappyhot celebrates the human form in all its form and urges everyone to enjoy the skin they are in.
A former Yale College, Wrexham, student and graduate of the University of Central Lancashire, she eventually made her way to London and worked for an opera company a stage manager and tour manager among other things.
Now she is on a new venture, collating stories for a crowd-funded book of Londoners stories, plus her mission to empower others the way she has been empowered herself.