Grant Gustin, star of the hit
TV series “The Flash,” is blasting body shamers
that made harsh comments after a photo of an early prototype of
his The Flash costume for Season 5 was leaked. 

The photo shows a new look for The Flash, with
a brighter red costume that’s much more
form-fitting and features a chinstrap and mask. Fans trolled the
look saying that  Grant didn’t have a “superhero chin” and
saying that the “test photo didn’t look food.”

Grant took to Instagram on August 8 to post a lengthy rant bashing the
shamers and also revealing his struggle with his
weight.  

“I’ve had 20+ years of kids and
adults telling me or my parents I was too thin,” the actor said in the
post. “I’ve had my own journey of accepting it. But there’s a double
standard where it’s ok to talk s— about a dudes body.”

“I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can
throughout the season. I’m naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected
by stress. Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout the
season. Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me,”
he continued. 

Grant went
on to encourage kids who are built
like him to keep following their dreams.

“They should be able to feel
like THEY could be a superhero on tv or film or whatever it may be someday,” he added. 

The Comic-Con king noted that he loves the superhero
suit that has been designed for him for the show and insisted that it just needs a few minor
adjustments.