This past week was super emotional for me. As Emily mentioned earlier in the week; I had some pretty awful things said about me when Yahoo covered one of my stories. I was obviously extremely hurt by some of these words, but I refused to let them win. The week ended with me flying to North Carolina with some of my favorite babes for a body positivity campaign. I can’t wait to tell you more about that, but in the meantime — let’s talk about body shaming. It’s a huge epidemic in society today, and it has to stop.
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I went back and forth if I wanted to even write about my experience with the Yahoo article. One on hand, it’s giving power and life to these awful comments, but on the other hand, maybe people will realize that just because I’m “putting myself out there doesn’t mean I’m not human. Just because I portray myself as body positive and confident doesn’t mean that these words don’t sometimes affect me. When I saw what happened to Rihanna this week, I knew I couldn’t ignore it. Body shaming is real — and it happens to everyone; even Gisele.
Here are some of the lovely words strangers left me last week:
LISTEN UP. You are FAT. You are UGLY. And right now I am trying desperately to forget the photos you posted of yourself. Please, please, please…..just go away quietly and never post anything ever again.
I’m not sharing this because I want your pity; nor am I going to turn this post into me defending myself. Everyone who knows me knows none of these things are true. But I do want to say one thing — I do not do any of this for attention. I do it to make a difference. I share my struggles and my hardships because I know other women relate. I do it because every single one of your positive comments and messages keeps me going. I wanted to bring light to this situation, in the hopes to end body shaming. I write this blog to empower women, not to tear them down. When I get messages saying that I inspired someone to put on a swimsuit for the first time in five years, or that they finally were brave enough to take a photo at the beach — THAT is why I share my story. Not to get attention — but to change the rhetoric of body image in this world.
As women, we already have so many things going against us. For a curvy girl — we have even more. Including shopping. I have talked about this a lot — how it’s hard to find clothes that fit properly. Especially when you have a booty like mine — one that I work hard for.
That is why I’m so excited to share a denim brand with you all that also aligns with my same message. Good American. It’s so hard to find jeans as a curvy girl. Founded by my girl, Khloe Kardashian, she knows the struggle and I appreciate her starting this line. The worst thing in the world is when you are already feeling kind of down on yourself, and you go to try on clothes and just sink even lower with your self-confidence.
This is why I was so excited to finally try on some Good American jeans. Good American is sold exclusively at Nordstrom. I was so excited about trying the brand that I bought three pairs. Good American comes in sizes 00-24 and is made right here in California. They market the jeans for the curvier, sexier, stronger woman. I am so excited to see this brand at my favorite store. So if you experience these same frustrations when trying on jeans (you know the “wiggle” I’m talking about), then run to Nordstrom.com and order some Good American ASAP!
I am wearing the Good Legs High Rise Crop. Out of the three pairs I shot with my photographer, these were her favorite. Compared to the other denim brands I wear, Good American is surprisingly affordable — this pair is under $160. And it’s worth the price, they are so well made and fit me perfectly. I paired it with a simple knotted tee, my new favorite bag (under $50), and these bow slides (under $60)!
Given all of the negativity, and body shaming I experienced this past week. I was so relieved to discover a brand that made me feel confident instead of the other way around. I hope more brands start to follow suit.
Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.