YouTube star and plus-size fashion vlogger Loey Lane is shutting down body-shamers.
In her new plus-size swimwear lookbook, Lane models a variety of two-piece bathing suits while asking some important questions, such as, why women of all sizes can’t wear bikinis; why people comment (negative or positive) on a woman’s size; and why people feel the need to give feedback on how you look.
In her new online campaign, #IAmFlawless encourages all of us to embrace our bodies just as they are, and stop judging others (positive or negative) based on how they look.
“The first time I was told by someone that they “admired my confidence”, I was flattered. I took it as a compliment; which, hopefully, it was meant to be,” Lane says. “But as time has gone on and I’ve heard it over and over, I’ve realized that, when you’re my size, confidence is an anomaly. To others, I’m not confident because of my body, I’m confident despite it. In all aspects of life, it’s my body that stands out, it sets me apart. If someone thinks I’m cute, I’m cute for a fat girl. My neighbor, who saw me on an evening run, commented the next day that I’m fast… for being, you know, so big. When I dare to wear a bikini on the beach or shorts in the summer, it goes back to, “you have a lot of confidence.” But they don’t say that to the woman beside me in the same outfit who’s thinner than I am. Society deems me as acceptable, passable even… but only as someone who’s fat. I’m less of a person because of the number in my jeans, and so those who admire the things I’m doing have to remind me that these things are only important because of my size.
“The next time you judge someone, for good or for bad; I hope you can remember this,” Lane continues. “Remember that they aren’t great for a skinny person or a fat person; they aren’t attractive despite their size. They are beautiful for it. We are all walking different paths, but in so many ways we are the same. We are beautiful because of these things that the world deems as “flaws”. Embrace it, all of it, every second of every day. Wear what you want and do what you want. Be happy and grateful for another day in a body that is not flawed, but flawless.”
I love this! I couldn’t agree more – if you want to hit the beach this summer, do it! Don’t let negative body image or the opinions of others crush your summertime fun. Embrace yourselves, stop shaming others, and let’s all be free this summer!