The I Weigh movement started by actress Jameela Jamil encourages women and girls to accept themselves and define themselves by more than simply the way society dictates: the size of their waist. I weigh more than just my body and so do all of you! When I saw the movement I was initially scared out of my mind to share which means I had to do it. Although I’ve been doing well lately, I’ve been incredibly body conscious and insecure lately. Scales terrify me and being exposed to mainly thin girls most of my life means I don’t know that many size 12s like me. I constantly work to make myself at least look thinner. This is partially due to my own anxiety, due to bullying I was subjected to from peers for the first 18 years of my life, and some recent social media comments and comments by family members/strangers/etc. As I’ve lost weight. It’s also due to a lot of things in the media. Society teaches us that women need to be thin to be valuable (of course, God forbid, not too thin, or that’s an issue too, and also not okay.) I’ve spoken before about how my weight has been an issue both ways since I was literally in third grade. I’ve always thought there was something wrong with how my body and my face LOOKS in addition to the fact that I have health concerns. I’ve been told I’d never find love or do certain things because of my weight. I’ve only recently discovered that although I’ve been attacked by society, that I am worth absolutely more. Regardless of how I look. THERE IS NEVER- LITERALLY NEVER- an excuse to comment on someone’s body. You don’t know what they’re going through. There is always good, though, and I’ve found some amazing women on social media who have helped me through these struggles.
Today, I watched the new Netflix film”Sierra Burgess is a Loser” and SOBBED. I saw actress Shannon Purser, who was very much like me in high school, and looks like me, find herself and win the heartthrob Noah Centineo, who I saw last month in To All the Boys I loved Before, and thought “Wow, I wish I was pretty enough for a romcom story like that”.
Shoutout to Shannon and these amazing beauties:
First, hats off to eating disorder survivor Jameela Jamil @jameelajamil on twitter and @jameelajamilofficial and @i_weigh on instagram. She is an amazing advocate and badass for body positivity.
Second, actress Carrie Hope Fletcher (@carriehfletcher on twitter and @carriehopefletcher on instagram) is an amazing actress who is currently on the West End, as well as an author, who proudly rocks her curves and shows that women who are not skinny can be celebrated onstage.
Carrie also introduced to Megan Jayne Crabbe, or @bodyposipanda, who wrote the book body positive power, which comes out soon in the US and is out already in the UK! Megan is an ED survivor and amazing activist. She and @iamdaniadriana are Queens!
I also need to thank my amazing friends, my students, who I strive to be the best me for, and particularly my best friend and sister, for always being there for me when I need to talk about how I’ve felt about being in my body, and for inspiring me with badassness. I’m very lucky.