Simone Holtznagel has hit back at the ‘haters’ with a defiant selfie after she was accused of sharing ‘triggering’ before and after photos of her weight loss.
The model, 29, drew criticism on Monday from her social media followers for posting two photos demonstrating her dramatic slim-down, which she achieved with the help of her personal trainer boyfriend Jono Castano.
But she brushed off the backlash on Thursday by sharing a scantily clad snap that highlighted her flat stomach and slender thighs.
‘Blockin out the haterz,’ Simone captioned the Instagram photo, which showed her in a bikini and unbuttoned black shirt.
Simone has copped backlash since unveiling her body transformation, but said on Tuesday she has been ignoring what her critics have to say.
Some of her fans, including those in recovery from eating disorders, suggested her transformation photos were ‘triggering’ to people who used to starve themselves to stay thin.
‘People have commented saying it’s “triggering”, and “before and after” don’t belong in 2022…’ Simone said.
‘I thought what we weren’t doing in 2022 was commenting on other peoples bodies.’
‘I thought I looked great on the left [before photo]. I think I look great on the right [after photo],’ Simone continued.
‘One thing I’ll take away from that post is you can’t please everyone. I have been bigger and I’ve been smaller but I was happy in both stages of my life.’
Simone said she still eats pasta four nights a week, and never denies herself a glass of wine or a cocktail should she feel inclined.
Trainer-to-the-stars Jono heaped praise on his girlfriend’s body transformation after personal training sessions with UFC coach Tony Saad.
‘No one ever sees the hard work you put in at the gym @simoneholtznagel they’re always quick to judge you but no result comes from an easy journey,’ the 31-year-old wrote on Instagram on Monday.
‘You still eat your burgers from time to time and and focus on highlighting that we can still enjoy a martini or two or five.
‘So proud of you babe xx! @coachtonysaad you’ve done an extremely great job with her and the results speak for themselves.’
Simone has previously said she isn’t willing to work as hard as an ‘athlete’ like some models do.
‘I know a couple of girls who have done it and they train like all day everyday and I really like a glass of wine and spaghetti,’ she said.
‘I would need to set aside a good five months of my life and lock myself in a gym if that’s what I was going to do.’
Simone and Jono went public with their relationship in May when they were spotted dining in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Their relationship came after Jono’s split with wife Amy Castano. The pair remain on good terms and still co-own Acero gym in Sydney.