“I’m not a professional. I’m a human. Or, as Gwen Stefani during her No Doubt days so eloquently put it, “I’m just a girl in the world”. And I’m not saying my life is extraordinary or all that glamorous and spectacular. But what I am saying is that, the lessons I’ve learned through writing about these first twenty-something years of my body-shaming life would’ve been so awesome to hear from someone fifteen years ago. In other words, as I was experiencing the mildly shitty reality of life as a curvy girl during those tender ages of thirteen to seventeen-ish, all I really needed was someone to be real with me and let me know that being a fat kid would eventually turn out to be fucking awesome in every way. So if you know of a kick ass teenager who may be struggling to love their incredible body, do them a favor, take them out to lunch, tell them they are awesome and that societies’ beauty standards are super unrealistic and then send them here. (Fair warning, it’s pretty R rated.)”
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