Unfortunately, there are still many people in the world who internalize the belief that being skinnier is better. And not only that, but it’s also widely believed being skinnier makes you happier and it is the only way to live. And I don’t think we need to tell you that they’re quite vocal about their stances on body positivity. It seems like there can’t be one day without another body shaming conflict. Even the celebs are not excluded.
This article originally appeared on Health.
However, there are some people who are happier besides their figure and their body weight. Australian model La’Tecia Thomas said that she is happier than ever in her curvier body. She shared on her Instagram one side-by-side picture not only in order to compare her body’s differences but also to explain the difference when it comes to how she feels.
The model shared with her 622k followers that self-love should never depend on your body weight.
Wanting share with you all again that it’s important to love yourself regardless of your size. I loathed how I looked on the left, and yes that is ME in both pictures. I was insecure, I compared my self to other women, constantly put myself down and never felt good enough, I’d rather be caught dead than seen in a swimsuit. The difference now other than the obvious is that I’m in a different mindset. I’m not saying that you will be happier on the opposite spectrum but I think it’s important to have a positive relationship between your mind and your body first and foremost at whatever size you may be. Also just a side note- I’m beyond grateful for the love and support from half a milli of you🙀! I love hearing your stories, you are the reason why I do what I do 💛🌻
She has also shared another side-by-side photo in order to emphasize the importance of one’s positive outlook and healthy body image regardless of the number on the scale.
I was going through my phone and I found this old photo of me back when I was training to compete in a bikini competition. So many people will look at this photo and make physical comparisons and say they would prefer me 'before'. I prefer me at any weight as long as I'm happy. It's okay to love yourself no matter what your size is. I remember how unhappy I was In the picture to the left, I would loathe certain parts of my body- particularly my bum/ thighs because that was and is the hardest part of my body to loose. I had so many insecurities, I compared myself to other women and I lacked confidence. Since changing my outlook on life and learning to embrace who I am, I know that hypothetically if I were to go back to what I used to be I would be so much happier and content than what I was because I've learned to love me. Your mental health is just as important as your physical. Also I'm not saying it's okay to be inactive and make unhealthy choices, I think it's about finding balance, listen to your body, you know what's best for it. 🌻
The model told Daily Mail Australia:“When I look back now, I realize how toxic my mindset was. But when I look in the mirror now and don’t even think twice about it, I put on my outfit and think, ‘yeah I look great’.”
La’Tecia admits that bad comments can affect her, after all, any confident woman can deal with annoying trolls. However, she stresses the fact that it is important that “you don’t let that define you.”
Watch the full video that La’Tecia Thomas shared on her channel. It has 33 000 views. Be impressed by her confidence and learn how to love yourself regardless your weight, and all the bad and negative comments.