WARNING: Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin.
And so starts blogger Stella Boonshoft‘s post about body acceptance, especially her own body acceptance. Originally posted on her Tumblr The Body Love Blog, the New York University student created such a stir with the image of her in her underwear proudly smiling, that Humans of New York picked it up where its received almost half a million “likes” so far and 60,000 comments on their Facebook page.
The image, one that some would find shocking in a culture that is so obsessed with being thin, is meant to evoke thought and responses. Although the majority of the comments on the Facebook page are very supportive and positive, there are those (trolls as we call them in the blogosphere) who do not find the beauty in Boonshoft. However, these are the people to whom she speaks out to in her post:
This picture is for the strange man at my nanny’s church who told me my belly was too big when I was five.
This picture is for my horseback riding trainer telling me I was too fat when I was nine.
This picture is for the girl from summer camp who told me I’d be really pretty if I just lost a few pounds
This picture is for all the fucking stupid advertising agents who are selling us cream to get rid of our stretch marks, a perfectly normal thing most people have (I got mine during puberty)
This picture is for the boy at the party who told me I looked like a beached whale.
This picture is for Emily from middle school, who bullied me incessantly, made mocking videos about me, sent me nasty emails, and called me “lard”. She made me feel like I didn’t deserve to exist. Just because I happened to be bigger than her. I was 12. And she continued to bully me via social media into high school.