TV presenter Alejandra Ramos reveals body-shaming over dress that ‘showed a bit more cleavage’

Last Wednesday at 8pm, I got an email from my senior producer with a crazy request.

Could I come up with a food segment for the following morning?

If you don’t know the behind-the-scenes of the US TV show Today, while last-minute news stories are an everyday occurrence, the food and lifestyle segments are typically booked weeks, sometimes even months, in advance.

They take days of planning, work and preparation, so this was a pretty big ask.

But I love a challenge and I thrive under pressure, so I quickly said, “I can do crazy!”

Over and over again, the message was the same: The shape of Alejandra’s body was inappropriate. Overly sexual. Something to be hidden, covered and controlled. Credit: Alejanda Ramos

I looked in my fridge and figured out recipes for ingredients I had on hand, wrote up talking points and stayed up all night prepping, cooking and styling my kitchen so that everything would look beautiful on camera.

I slept less than two hours, did my own hair and makeup and put on a new orange dress I felt was perfect for the sunny-citrus-celebration theme I had planned.

Just a little over 12 hours after that initial email from my producer, I was live on the air with Hoda, Carson, Dylan and Craig.

The segment went perfectly, and I had so much fun chatting and sharing my recipes.

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