Amy who opened the eyes of thousands
Life can bring interesting turns to your days. Only a few months ago I wrote about a lady from Idaho who is a true role model and recently I got the chance to meet her online, thanks to my Periscope channel and a lovely friend, JennyQ. After our conversation and and during our emailing correspondence it became clear that we share the same mission: spread body positivity. She has been fighting for the cause for 7 years, writes a blog and leads a community on Facebook (you can join HERE, no matter where you are from) to bring the change to the world. She made a radical body positive act last summer when stood blindfolded in the middle of a budy market, wearing only a bikini and asked people to draw hearts of support on her body. You can check the full video HERE. I was blessed to conduct an interview with her for my column I run on Hungary’s leading fashion&lifestyle website and here is another list of questions I asked from Amy who officially became a Beauty with Plus:
Susie: If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Susie: Have you ever had challenges with accepting yourself?
Amy: Of course! I think we all, men and women of all ages and sizes, struggle with self-esteem issues over one thing or another all our lives. I was a chubby child turned curvy teenager turned fat woman, and for several decades felt ashamed of my size and tried to make myself smaller. I am at peace with my body now and have been for a number of years. As our bodies change over time due to life experiences (like pregnancy) and age (menopause), there’s always something new to make us self-conscious, right? Our bodies and minds are beautiful, complicated and messy things.
Susie: How did you overcome selfhate and fell in love with yourself?
Amy: Seven years ago I Googled the words “why am I fat and happy?” looking for help and advice, because I literally knew no one else who was content at a larger size and determined to live their best life without body shame and dieting. Luckily, in that internet search I stumbled upon two body positive blogs, The Curvy Fashionista and the Fat Heffalump, and they forever changed my life by leading me to other fat acceptance blogs and writers and books that I devoured.
Susie: How do you take care about your self-esteem and boost your self-confidence?
Amy: I am very in tune to my body and its needs and try to feed it, my mind, and my soul their necessary daily nutrients. This often includes writing, hot coffee, banana yogurt smoothies, reading body positive blogs, and spending time outside with my children.
Susie: Can you describe the last time when you felt beautiful? What did you wear, where were you, what were you doing?
Amy: Yesterday I spent the afternoon enjoying a long yoga session at a new studio in my neighborhood. I was wearing an orange tank top, ratty old black yoga pants, and bare feet. What made me feel the most beautiful, though, was how grounded I was to the earth, how present I was in the moment, and how aware I was of my physical body and spiritual self. My mind was sharp and silent, and I felt powerful and strong.
Susie: Please finish the sentence: Self-confidence is essential when it comes to relationships because…
Amy: …because you cannot fully love another person until you truly love yourself.
Susie: What is that certain PLUS that can make a woman look beautiful?
Amy: Nothing looks more beautiful on a woman than courage!
Amy did something which meant the biggest rebel in today’s world: she did not care what the media said, how many pounds she had to lose in order to become happy or how many wrinkles she should photoshop to feel beautifué. She chose self-acceptance, peace and love. A brave amazon, a true rebel who did something amazing on that Saturday last year. Though her eyes were blindefolded, she opened the eyes of thousands and millions to see: every body is a good body.
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