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Alexa Ray Joel defends against body-shaming: ‘I like the way I look’

Alexa Ray Joel attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Alexa Ray Joel attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch event at Center415 on Feb. 16, 2017, in Manhattan. Credit: AP / Invision / Evan Agostini

Singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, has shot down an Internet troll who has since closed his or her account.

In a now-deleted Instagram post captured in a screengrab by People magazine Thursday, Joel, 32, responds to remarks about her appearance by @sams7007. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Mr. Big Shot,” she wrote. “You may think I’m hideous, but I like the way I look. (Besides, there’s a lot more to people than just what they look like.) But hey, continue being a shallow, hateful troll in life and see where it gets you!”

Joel, who has no Twitter or Facebook account, posed with her mother and her model half-sister, Sailor Brinkley Cook, for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She previously has responded to trolling, writing on Instagram in February 2017 that, “There’s far too much degradation, competition, insecurity, and unhealthy standards associated with women and their bodies- particularly on social-media. … All of those unrealistic-looking, photoshopped images are nothing more than white noise, playing off of your own insecurities in order to make a buck. Don’t let them affect you. DO YOU! We are all perfect, just as we are.”

Cook, 19, who is signed to IMG Models, was similarly exasperated with trolls in August 2016, writing on Instagram, “Everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition. … As long as I am happy healthy and kind to others why should i care if i am not as ‘pretty’ as someone else ? Let alone not as ‘pretty’ as my own blood relatives? … My one wish is that these people can get off their computers, go chase a sunset, kiss someone they love, pursue one of their dreams and STOP making an 18 year old girl feel constantly inferior and hurt.”

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