Paulini: Australian Idol's infamous 2003 'fat shaming' moment goes viral

Paulini: Australian Idol's infamous 2003 'fat shaming' moment goes viral
Paulini: Australian Idol's infamous 2003 'fat shaming' moment goes viral

Australian Idol's notorious 'fat-shaming' incident from 2003 has been blamed for causing a generation of women to suffer from body-image issues.

Footage of the moment judge Ian 'Dicko' Dickson told contestant Paulini Curuenavuli to 'choose more appropriate clothing and shed some pounds' went viral this week, prompting a wave of outrage from women on social media.

Paulini was just 21 at the time, and had chosen to perform her song in a show-stopping gold dress.

'This is why women have body issues': Australian Idol's notorious 'fat-shaming' incident from 2003 involving a 21-year-old Paulini Curuenavuli resurfaced and went viral this week

'This is why women have body issues': Australian Idol's notorious 'fat-shaming' incident from 2003 involving a 21-year-old Paulini Curuenavuli resurfaced and went viral this week

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Celebrity podcast Shameless posted the footage to Instagram on Tuesday,  captioning the clip: 'This is why every millennial woman has body image issues now, episode two: that time Australian Idol was actual trash.' 

The post was soon flooded with comments from angered fans, including outspoken celebrities such as feminist author Clementine Ford.

'It’s wild how much this was just the norm then,' Clementine wrote.

Remember this? Footage of the infamous moment Australian Idol judge Ian 'Dicko' Dickson (pictured) told Paulini to 'choose more appropriate clothing and shed some pounds' prompted a wave of outrage on Instagram this week

Remember this? Footage of the infamous moment Australian Idol judge Ian 'Dicko' Dickson (pictured) told Paulini to 'choose more appropriate clothing and shed some pounds' prompted a wave of outrage on Instagram this week 

Backlash: The post was flooded with comments from angered fans, including outspoken celebrities such as feminist author Clementine Ford (pictured)

Backlash: The post was flooded with comments from angered fans, including outspoken celebrities such as feminist author Clementine Ford (pictured)

Disbelief: 'It’s wild how much this was just the norm then,' Clementine wrote

Disbelief: 'It’s wild how much this was just the norm then,' Clementine wrote 

'I mean, it still happens obviously. But it was so blatant then. No wonder we all hated ourselves,' she added. 

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Former Gogglebox star Evie Jones agreed: 'I hated this moment soooooo much!!!! I thought (and still do) @paulini_curuenavuli looked absolutely stunning in this dress.' 

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