A vocal body positivity advocate reminds her followers that it’s not about supporting obesity at all. She spoke with Daily Star, “There is also a common misconception that the body positivity movement is ‘promoting obesity.’”
“This is one that really irks me as to the contrary; I promote leading a healthy lifestyle and trying to better my own health too with a balanced diet and exercise in spite of my health limitations.”
“Health is not black or white, and being plus-sized does not mean that you are automatically unhealthy,” she explained. “I am promoting living life to the absolute fullest no matter what stage of your health journey you are on, no matter what dark circumstances come your way. It’s hard not to feel frustrated when I am misunderstood.”
She shared, “I had always been a silent admirer of the body positive and plus-size space on Instagram.”
The 31-year-old influencer shares that life hasn’t always been kind to her. She started her social media account during her darkest time in life.
“I found myself in a bit of a personal crisis as I lost my office job in London due to my ill health (I suffer from an invisible disability – inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia) and then further upset as my mum was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor,” shares the advocate for invisible disability.
“This left me feeling like the ground had been shifted from under me. I decided to take things into my own hands and channel my energy into starting up an Instagram page, and it really took off right away.”
Influencers have their own ways of raising awareness and changing the ‘status quo.’ For Emily, it’s through sharing sizzling snaps of herself in bikinis and swimsuits. She spoke, “I think the movement shows that the outdated ideas that about marginalized bodies that my generation has grown up with really are just that – outdated!”
“People want authenticity, to see imperfections, to see real bodies, and also to see themselves reflected in the media they consume. Not just perfect photoshopped images.”
Emily receives a lot of criticisms for her content, a common occurrence, according to her, for many plus-size influencers.
“People aren’t used to seeing larger women in bikinis, sexy lingerie. A thin woman can post a ‘hand-bra’ photo in a thong, and it’s considered haute couture, whereas a plus-sized woman faces criticism and is told to cover up.”
But she can assure people that a healthy lifestyle is what she strives for because aside from inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia, she also suffers from lipedema, a condition she’d just recently been made aware of. It is a genetic disorder that causes fat to gather in only certain spots in your body, particularly around the arms and legs.
She shared, “I’m working with a trainer and exercising regularly to do what I can to get myself strong and healthy and in the best shape I can to feel my most confident!”
“Body positivity isn’t about thinking you are above self-improvement – it’s about loving yourself enough to take care of yourself and be the best version of you – and accepting what makes you different!”
“I feel, especially as a younger woman, there is a lot of judgment unless people can see your disability clearly.”
She shared an unedited picture of herself that shows her backside without any smooth filter.
“I have definitely faced a lot of judgment along my health journey. When people see a larger person struggling to walk, needing a seat on a packed train, using the lift instead of the stairs etc there is sometimes the tendency to assume that someone is just lazy and/or unfit,” she shared her personal experience.
“I’ve found that when I am using my walking stick, people are so much more understanding than if I’m not – but in reality, disabled people shouldn’t have to prove their disability or the severity of it to anyone in order to be respected.”
“I’d love my followers to go away feeling confident, beautiful, positive, and ready to take on the world! I hope to help people to see that there is still light and happiness to be found even in the dark times.”
She “I would encourage you to explore what you love about yourself and devote yourself to nurturing and nourishing those qualities and features so that they flourish. Unfollow anyone who makes you feel rubbish about yourself and find your tribe online who can empower and uplift you!”