We love hearing positive body experiences from people, especially when we’re near to swimsuit season. But it’s the plus-size women stories who really resonate as there is a lot of discrimination coming at them. For example, there are brands who don’t offer clothing in big sizes and there are people out there who think that only slender and fit people can wear anything they want. Combating this negativity, there are some really powerful messages. Last weekend, Paris Harvey tweeted a picture of herself on the beach in a swimsuit. The 13-year-old said that she had faced her “biggest fear” letting us adore her for the positive sunshine she blessed us with on our timelines.
Omg so I faced my biggest fear today and went to the beach in a swimsuit☺️🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/eeSKUE581x
— Paris #LookAtUsNow (@ArtHopeAlly) May 27, 2017
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Harvey said that she got bullied for the way she looked.
“I hadn’t been to the beach in ages because of the anxiety I feel when I go,” she said. “I love swimming.”
She had shorts on and later decided to take them off. That’s where she snapped the pictures she posted.
“As we went in and out of the water I decided to take the shorts off.”
She always stayed at the beach covered up to stay away from bullying. After she took her shorts off on Friday she said:
“People at the beach were minding their own business. I should’ve done it a long time ago.”
Body shaming is a real problem especially in schools because it has effect outside the school walls too.
“I only see thin people posting beach selfies in a bikini. I think it’s nice to see something different. I feel there’s a stigma against people who want to feel comfortable who are bigger.”