Stella Boonshoft, an 18-year-old New York college student and the author of The Body Love Blog, recently became a viral sensation after she posted the above picture to her blog. Under the photo, she wrote, “WARNING: Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. Well I’m not going to stand for that. This is my body. Not yours. MINE.”
The photo got re-posted more than 80,000 times and was shared on the popular Humans of New York blog. Stella even made an appearance on the Today show to discuss the impact it had on her the millions of people who saw it.
“It took a lot of years of soul searching to decide this [bullying] isn’t right,” she saidduring the interview. “I finally came to a place where I was really happy with the way that I looked. I wanted to leave a message to the bullies who tormented me.”
I think it’s awesome that Stella was so willing to publicly share the photo to make a statement about the importance of body acceptance. That takes a lot of guts, especially for an 18-year-old! I’m glad that her photo became so popular and that she was able to have a positive impact on the movement.
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