Robbie Tripp, the author of Create Rebellion and a Huffington Post contributor, became a viral star this week because of an Instagram post with his wife, Sarah. “I love this woman and her curvy body,” he declared, a message that endeared him to social media users.
Some have labeled Tripp a hero, while others don’t think he should be celebrated just because he’s attracted to “girls on the thicker side,” as he wrote.
Robbie and Sarah were successful before their social media fame. Robbie is an author and speaker, even appearing in a May 2017 TEDx Talk. Sarah runs a fashion blog called Sassy Red Lipstick, where she also writes about the importance of a positive body image.
Here’s a look at how the Tripps became Internet famous and Robbie’s career.
1. Robbie Wrote That He ‘Loves This Woman & Her Curvy Body’ & Told Men to ‘Rethink What Society Has Told You to Desire’
The viral Instagram post that made the couple stars was posted on Tuesday. In it, Robbie writes to his wife that he loves her “curvy body” and that he was attracted to “shorter and curvier girls” while in high school.
“Her shape and size won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart,” Robbie wrote of Sarah. “There’s nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room.”
He then offered advice to other men, telling them to reject what society has said is supposed to be considered sexy.
“Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She’s real,” Robbie wrote. “She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don’t ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated.”
He concluded his statement by writing, “There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah.”
In four days, the photo racked up over 23,000 likes.
2. The Couple Have Been Married Since 2014 & Say They Were Blindsided By the Attention
Robbie and Sarah married in 2014. In an interview with E! News, the said they were completely surprised to see the post go viral.
“It’s been amazing to see how many men have commented and tagged their girlfriend or wife to say how much they love her curvy body,” Robbie told E! News. “That’s been such a beautiful and unexpected result of this post and it’s awesome to see all the love being shown to the curvy girls and women out there who often feel so ignored and even shamed by society.”
Sarah called the attention “humbling and beautiful,” adding that she’s received messages from curvy women who have shared their stories with her.
Robbie also wrote a follow-up post on Instagram, adding there that he was really happy with the response.
“Seeing men from around the world tagging their girlfriend/wife and telling her how much they love her curvy body has been amazing. Thanks to each and every person who has commented and messaged us with your thoughtful words,” he wrote.
Sarah told Women’s Health Magazine that she had “no reservations” about Robbie posting the photo and his message for the world to see. She wants people to know that “‘Beautiful’ isn’t synonymous with ‘thin.'”
3. Not Everyone Is Impressed With Robbie’s Photo
As with everything on the Internet, not everyone thought Robbie deserved to be labeled a hero just because he likes women who aren’t thin.
The Telegraph’s Claire Cohen wrote, “Robbie is what you might call a ‘nice guy misogynist,'” adding, “His bias is tricky to spot – he probably doesn’t even realise it exists – the outdated views he holds about women, deep down. That it is his role to protect them. That by saying he finds his wife’s body shape ‘sexy’ that somehow solves centuries of sexism.”
“Look. I’m happy Robbie Tripp is happy. I’m happy he’s making Sarah Tripp happy,” Sarah Ditum of The New Statesman wrote. “But can we please, please get over this idea that a man is a hero for talking about what body type gives him a boner? And can we not treat him like some kind of body positivity pioneer for liking his objectively hot wife?”
Others on Twitter were also not impressed by Robbie.
4. Robbie Did a TEDx Talk About How ‘Millennial Narcissists Are Changing the World’
Robbie had a TEDx Talk, which was posted in May 2017. Titled “Why Millennial Narcissists Are Changing The World,” he spends 15 minutes defending Millennials and explaining why he’s proud to be a member of that generation.
The author also wrote a Huffington Post piece to go with the TED Talk, telling readers that it “Will Forever Change Your View On Millennial Narcissists.”
Robbie writes that “disruption” is the “perfect word” to describe Millennials’ attitude on life.
“The ‘faults’ that many use to define our generation are actually fuel for the power we possess. As stated in the above talk, ‘everything we’re not makes us everything we are,'” Robbie wrote. “And that beautiful contradiction is why innovative and passionate Millennials will continue to change the world.”
The TED talk spun out of a previous HuffPost article, in which he wrote, “I, for one, am proud to be a Millennial, and for the very reasons that others have created to label us as the worst generation. I’m convinced that these attributes are exactly why I think we are the best generation.”
5. He’s the Author of ‘Create Rebellion,’ a ‘Manifesto’ for the ‘Disruptive Soul’
Robbie is also the author of Create Rebellion, which was published by Izzard Ink in November 2015. The publisher dubs it a “true manifesto, a small creative bible for the disruptive soul.”
In November 2016, Robbie wrote a piece for HuffPost about why being in in a committed relationship will help your creativity.
“In addition to the soul-stirring feeling of love and adoration, there is just as much to be said about commitment to the one person who drums up these emotions inside you,” he wrote. “Being in a committed relationship with someone you love will inspire you to dream bigger and work harder.”
Robbie and Sarah live in San Francisco. According to her website, the couple met through a mutual friend and began talking on social media before they finally met in person in Las Vegas. They started dating in May 2013 and dated long distance for three months.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report included incorrect titles for Tripp’s book, “Create Rebellion.” We regret the error.