The body positivity movement has grown exponentially in recent years. Thanks to social media, many people are learning to love the skin that they are in instead of putting themselves through needless trauma trying to meet impossible beauty standards.
One of these people is 25-year-old Julianna Mazzei from Toronto who is a size 22.
She spent the first 23 years of her life suffering because of her weight.
As a young girl, she was bullied because of her size and was incessantly called names, some people even sang songs about her, and a boyfriend broke up with her for being “unhealthy”.
“I hated school. There were so many times where I skipped school, the bullying was so bad,” the 25-year-old, who prefers to be called Jewelz, said. “I can give you probably a whole dictionary of names. Fatty, a tub of lard, whale.”
“When people are making snarky comments about you behind your back or under their breath, it’s harder to stand up for yourself and say what needs to be said, that’s one of the reasons why I got my ‘F*** Your Beauty Standards’ tattoo.”
This was a reference to the world’s first plus-size model Tess Holliday, who has caused a sensation on social media since rising to fame in 2015. She has used her platform to encourage people like Jewelz to realize that they can be beautiful without conforming to societal expectations.