InTruBeauty: Jennifer Livingston of WKBT News Stands Up

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jennifer Livingston of WKBT News Stands Up

This story has been hitting national news about TV reporter Jennifer Livingston of WKBT Channel 8 news standing up to a bullying email she received regarding her weight. Not only has this hit national news, but it has literally hit close to home for both Justina and I as we are from the Coulee Region. We are so proud to have such a great role model in this region and we fully support Jennifer! As bloggers, we have received our own share of negative comments that certainly could not be classified merely as constructive criticism and we thank Jennifer for raising awareness to this important issue.

Photo from Jennifer Livingston WKBT facebook page
"I hope that people remember the message, and not the messenger." 

Lets keep our community beautiful in all ways! 

"But what really angers me about this is there are children who don't know better. Who get emails as critical as the one I received or in many cases even worse, each and every day. The internet has become a weapon. Our schools have become a battleground and this behavior is learned, it is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email. If you are at home and you are talking about the fat news-lady  guess what, your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat. We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example." -Jennifer Livingston

Links for more information: 
WKBT Facebook page

Jennifer Livingston Facebook page

Twitter: Follow @News8Jennifer, #Jentalks

WKBT interview with Jennifer

NBC Interview with Jennifer:

Add our facebook page to stay up to date: or tweet us at @TruBeautyGems to let us know your thoughts! 

Original Email:
Subject Line: Community responsibility
Hi Jennifer. Its unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. Surely, you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle."

Email Response to Jennifer:
"Given this country's present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston's fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept."
-Kenneth W. Krause

Thanks Jennifer for getting this important message out Here is prior post I did about media standards and the pressure put upon women to conform to an unattainable standard of beauty: 

Yours in Beauty, 


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