From ever since I can remember I lived in leotards, baby pink tights and a bow that was probably way too big for my head. So, you can easily assume I grew up in dance and you’re right. I was a dancer for 17ish years. I also believe this is where I realized I didn’t look like everyone else. I had a fuller tummy and thighs that touched.
I questioned why I didn’t look like the girls to my left and right. Insecurity began to settle in around age 6 and it only grew from there. After I moved schools in the 2nd grade I transitioned into a stricter studio. We had to all wear the same thing. Black leotard, nude tights and whatever shoe was required for the class you were taking. Here is where I believe I started to resent dance because I couldn’t wait to get out of class to throw on my jacket to cover my fuller tummy. I tried to hide it every chance I could.
As I grew older and throughout my times in and out of dance, I hated wearing anything tight. I wore things that were two times my size and found that if I wore something that hid my shape people would think I was skinny. Unaware that it created the opposite effect. I have had a terrible relationship with food since I was little and until recently was I able to address my inner self and change the way I took care of my body. You see, you don’t have to look like the model on Instagram does. What matters is feeling confident with what you’ve been gifted and loving every flaw, scratch, scar, stretch mark, cellulite you have. This has taken me more times to realize that I’d like to admit but it’s been the start of so many good things in my life.
June 2018 was the first time I discovered Aerie’s celebration of all body types. A company who has thrown stereotypes so far away it can no longer be reached. They feature girls who are all sizes and skin colors. I instantly wanted to be a part of this massive movement.
I am so excited to announce I am partnering with Aerie for their Love The Skin You’re In campaign. I am beyond excited to join in on this massive movement and I want YOU to be apart as well! Love the swim you’re in! Share your unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL @Aerie. For every post, Aerie will donate $1 (up to $50K!) to @NEDA, a non-profit that supports those affected by eating disorders. #AeriePartner
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