Danny and I went to the beach to shoot, kind of spontaneously, and it was super fun and relaxing. I felt like I was in an early 2000’s music video and was living for the fantasy! After this crazy weekend, which I’m still processing, I had to chill out for a little bit. I mean the Torrid party was an actual dream come true and then I met Nadia Aboulhosn (photos on Instagram), it was too much! I received quite a bit of hate comments on social media this week and I wanted to respond once. I’m not interested in clapping back or feeding into negativity but I wanted to share my story:
I have spent the majority of my life being plus size. I have spent the majority of my life being bigger, curvier, thicker, fatter than the average woman. I have spent the majority of my life being told to wear flattering clothes, to appear smaller, to take up less space, to become healthier, adhere to someone else’s idea of beautiful, and to do anything I can to become what society deems as an average woman.
Growing up I worked really, really hard to love my size. I hit 6” tall at around 9th grade and a size 12 around the same time. Size 12 and up are all considered plus size, with the average women in America wearing a size 16. My journey to self love has been long, exhausting, and crazy beautiful, like many of my followers who have shared their journeys with me.
I felt the need to respond to the large amount of hate comments I’ve received in the last few days, via social media. I understand this comes with the territory but I wanted to address this once and not again in the future, because I’m sure this won’t be the last time. I will not stop sharing my journey and I will not stop speaking my truth. I have worked very hard to be brave enough to expose myself in a way that can and does inspire others. So many plus size blogger have influenced me and the person I am today, more than I can express and I hope to give back a small percentage of what they gave me. I do this for the person who needs to see larger bodies represented. I do this for my friends who still struggle with body confidence and self esteem. I do this for the 13 year old girl inside me who needed to see someone like herself. These are the reasons I will remain confident, even more so, despite what any faceless, nameless, negative commenter can and will say ++
Baby Blue Sweater: Lane Bryant
Light Denim Shorts: Torrid
photos courtesy of Danny Guerrero