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#IAmFlawless because of my body, not despite it. I want to know why YOU are flawless. Celebrate the body you have and the things you love about yourself. Let’s spread this message of body positvity and loving yourself and influence the world to do the same. Use it on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and everywhere in-between. I’ll be liking a lot of your posts and keeping up with the hashtag as much as I can. Love all of you. I’m proud of what you’ve done and what you’ll continue to do.
The first time I was told by someone that they “admired my confidence”, I was flattered. I took it as a compliment; which, hopefully, it was meant to be. But as time has gone on and I’ve heard it over and over, I’ve realized that, when you’re my size, confidence is an anomaly. To others, I’m not confident because of my body, I’m confident despite it. In all aspects of life, it’s my body that stands out, it sets me apart. If someone thinks I’m cute, I’m cute for a fat girl. My neighbor, who saw me on an evening run, commented the next day that I’m fast… for being, you know, so big. When I dare to wear a bikini on the beach or shorts in the summer, it goes back to, “you have a lot of confidence.” But they don’t say that to the woman beside me in the same outfit who’s thinner than I am. Society deems me as acceptable, passable even… but only as someone who’s fat. I’m less of a person because of the number in my jeans, and so those who admire the things I’m doing have to remind me that these things are only important because of my size.
The next time you judge someone, for good or for bad; I hope you can remember this. Remember that they aren’t great for a skinny person or a fat person; they aren’t attractive despite their size. They are beautiful for it. We are all walking different paths, but in so many ways we are the same. We are beautiful because of these things that the world deems as “flaws”. Embrace it, all of it, every second of every day. Wear what you want and do what you want. Be happy and grateful for another day in a body that is not flawed, but flawless.