Valentine Thomas has become an overnight internet sensation. The buzz began when a picture of Thomas was shared on an Instagram account called Spear Sluts, a page dedicated to bikini clad beauties who have an apparent interest in ocean fishing.
However, we’re not upset -- quite the opposite. We love Valentine Thomas. Here’s why:
She likes to fish for her dinner.
Thomas, an avid freediver and sustainable eating advocate, was propelled into a virtual tug-of-war questioning her motives and authenticity.
She has a lot of respect for her catch…
The sea is a blessing and to be able to hunt your own food is probably the best feeling in the world. The respect of your prays is something that only hunters can understand. You catch what you eat, you deserve what you eat, you respect what you eat. #sustainableeating #respectyourfood #girlspearfishing @deepwwmagazine A photo posted by Valentine Thomas (@valentinethomas) on
As nicknames like “Jack the Ripper” and “Spearfishing Huntress” began to surface, we started to consider the fairness of it all when countless male counterparts freely post their spearfishing spoils without affect.
She bedazzles in a bikini.
Sometimes, I find it quite hard as a woman to find spearfishing gear that is suitable for me. Over the past 4 years, I’ve seen a massive increase in companies making more lady friendly equipment. I’m so glad that the sport is becoming more popular among women! We go girls! thank you #pathos for my super cute purple foot pockets ☺️
Yes, Thomas looks good in bikini and is a spearfisherman. But are those reasons to hate?
Mark Healey (below) is handsome, athletic, a respected waterman, and every bit as much an avid spearfisherman as Thomas.
Do we assail him with the same fate for being equally pursuant? No.
Valentine Thomas hearts big fish.
Thomas is a reported spearfishing world record holder for spearing the world's largest Atlantic Jack.
Freediver, and U.S. National Spearfishing Championship of 2008, Kimi Werner, catches her dinner too.
Bringing home the sashimi. ! photo by @perrinjames1 #ahi #tuna #yellowfintuna #freediving #spearfishing @riffe_international #harborhouselife A photo posted by Kimi Werner (@kimi_swimmy) on
Thomas’ Instagram account reveals her love for the salt life and inherent interest in ocean conservation, not unlike another female spearfishing enthusiast, Kimi Werner, who also actively purses her supper, looks great in a bikini and is solidly backed by sustainability giant Patagonia.
Valentine Thomas has an appropriate respect for the ocean.
Let's give Valentine Thomas the credit she's due: She knows when it's time to hang up her spear and respect the other predators in the deep.
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