As a plus size model, I receive a lot criticism. People tell me that I am unhealthy and that
being plus size is not attractive. The main thing that runs through my mind is, “ how can
someone judge my own body?” It’s aggravating because I have been the owner of this
body for 25 years. Growing up, I struggled a lot with body image. I mean literally, I
struggled and struggled. I remember being 8 years old and asking my older cousin , if she
thought I was fat and her response was “ no Denise, you’re not fat, you’re fine the way you
are and you should not being worrying about this.” It’s sad that, at such a young age, I was
thinking about my body and how I looked. At the age of 16, I became really depressed to
the point that I could not eat anything. I dropped about 40 pounds. Then people started
complaining about how I was too skinny and it did not look good. It’s like, you could never
win when you judge your body through people’s opinion. I believe everyone should be
allowed to be happy with their bodies. If someone is not happy because they think they’re
too big or too slim, then I suggest you do something about it and if you’re not happy either
way, then that means you have to work on you and stop listening to what everyone else has
to say. Trust me.
I wanted to create a campaign, not just any body positive campaign, but a campaign that
would represent basically anybody who could relate. Let’s face it, we all get criticized.
Whether you get judged for being too fat, too skinny, too dark, too short, or whatever. Even
men get criticized about their appearance and become insecure. This is why I named my
campaign “because it’s my body”. It’s definitely self explanatory but I wanted the name to
get straight to the point. It is MY body and I should be able to do what I want with MY body.
This campaign can be for anyone who’s ever been told not to do something in particular.
For example, “don’t get anymore tattoos”, or “why don’t you shave your body hair?”, “ don’t
dye your hair that color” I think we what need to remember is to stop letting people’s
opinion bother us because yes, at the end of the day, it is our body, but we too need to
realize that it is our body as well. We focus so much on social media and other people’s
lives and compare ourselves to other people’s look forgetting that we are all different and
that it is okay.
I know that my campaign won’t stop being from judging us and telling us what to do or not
do with our bodies but I hope that it can inspire people to not listen to the negative
comments and to live your life to the fullest, to help realize that we are all different and that
it is okay, and to learn how to love yourself no matter what.