Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio says she doesn't "hate" herself after her skinny frame comes under fire.

Sara Sampaio won't let critics get her down

Sara Sampaio won't let critics get her down

The Portuguese beauty was forced to defend her physique after she posted a video on Victoria's Secrets Instagram where she explained that she wished she looked like her fellow model Candice Swanepoel.

In response to criticism from the feminist fashion website Jezebel, on her official Facebook page, Sara wrote: "I don't hate myself! I was actually taught by my family to respect and love myself and indeed others!

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"I have a lot of young girls that look up to me as a young woman and role model. I have been criticized for being too skinny and judged purely on my looks. I have been vocal because I believe that as women we are all beautiful and no matter what we look like we deserve to respect ourselves and be respected and loved by others. (sic)"

I could let the thing go away, but I like to fight for what I believe! 💪

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The brunette also hit back at body bullies on Instagram as she insisted that she eats "more hamburgers than you".

After posing for a sexy bikini selfie on Thursday (13.11.14) Sara wrote: "I'm proud of my body and I'm not gonna let any of you bully me just because I'm skinny!

"Every body is different, and every metabolism is different! I eat a lot, so next time u decide to tell me to eat a burger remember I probably eat more burgers than you, I've always been skinnier, and probably will always be, I workout, I'm healthy and I'm happy!

"The amount of hate I see thrown at me and to other model friends that I know are naturally skinny it's ridiculous! (sic)"

The model was recently unveiled as the face and body of the brand new Lipsy Sportswear collection - a stylish range of pieces that are perfect for working out.

Sara Sampaio for Lipsy
Sara Sampaio for Lipsy

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