Whitney Way Thore is taking the internet by storm with her ‘A Fat Girl Dancing’ videos. Her love of dance started at a young age, but as her weight increased over the years, she gave it up. This lead to a decrease in self-confidence, self-doubt, eating disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and waves of depression.
Whitney tells her story in an essay for today.com. She lays out a timeline that starts at age 10 with her striving for the perfect body and the start of her eating disorders. She details her weight gains and losses of her teens and twenties. Ultimately, she shows us her current mind set of self-love acceptance and her bubbly personality.
Finding her own acceptance has manifested into a wonderful and important campaign called “No Body Shame Campaign” On the website, she expresses herself confidently in a fantastic mantra.
I am learning to practice aggressive self-love. I have lived my life as a 130-pound woman in North America, in Europe, and in Asia. Cultural norms, societal pressures, and the whims of the fashion industry do not define my worth as woman or a human being. My intelligence, personality, talents, and contributions do not fluctuate with the numbers on a scale. I am unwaveringly ME; and the same goes for YOU. No matter what you’re struggling with embrace what you have to offer, love yourself right this minute and start affection positive change for yourself and others. No excuses. No shame.
These positive words can ring true for all women, at every size. About Curves strives to empower women, in this same way, through a positive body image.
Photo by Misty Felde Photography
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