Fitness Star Massy Arias Calls Out “Scam Artists” Flat Tummy Tea Over Use Of Her Image
If you’ve ever looked at fitness star Massy Arias’s social media accounts, then you know that the new mom works hard to strengthen and maintain her body. She works out consistently, she does her research and she eats clean. With that being said, she’s not downing anybody’s detox tea.
So imagine her surprise when popular company Flat Tummy Tea posted an image of Arias (which has since been deleted) working out with a friend and used the caption, “Spotted: two babes coming in hot. Oh, we are SO ready for this week…you in? #inyourfacemonday #flattummytea.” Granted, you could argue that they weren’t trying to promote their drink by just motivating people to get moving this week, but since Flat Tummy Tea sells a product that Arias is not a fan of, she was quick to call them out for it.
In a Instagram story (which has since “disappeared” as they do within 24 hours), Arias took a screenshot of the Instagram post from Flat Tummy Tea and put the message over the picture, “Really? @flattummytea? Can someone tell these scam artists to not use my image to promote their ‘magic product’?”
According to Health.com, she didn’t just speak out against the use of her image on their social media, but she also shared what it is about their product that she doesn’t advocate for. That included the inclusion of diuretics and laxatives as an ingredient, as well as the side effects that can come from drinking it. Dietitian Marci Clow told us in an interview that “Overuse of herbal diuretics can lead to dehydration, loss of potassium and muscle cramping,” among a long list of other dangerous things. So it’s for that reason, along with the fact that Arias isn’t a fan of the idea of promoting a “quick fix” for possible weight loss, that she had to get them all the way together. She’s team #putinthework and that effort his changed her mindset for the better.
“I understand now that women come in different shapes and forms, and we’re all beautiful,” Arias told Cosmopolitan. “And I’m beautiful — I love my body because I’m strong and I appreciate what I’ve created. It’s taken hard work.”