Stella Boonshoft is on a quest to stop societies unfavorable attitude towards obese people, but most importantly she wants to inspire everybody who struggles with similar issues to love and accept themselves and their bodies. She has a Body Love Blog and is supported by many people. Brandon, the founder of the photo blog Humans of New York, has recently conducted an interview with Stella and published her portrait on the organization's Facebook* page. It got 270,000 likes, almost 10,000 shares and over 26,000 comments in 14 hours. This girl is a hero and an inspiration to many people, and we give her props for being so honest and brave.
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 f*cking 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".
MOST OF ALL, this picture is for me. For the girl who hated her body so much she took extreme measures to try to change it. Who cried for hours over the fact she would never be thin. Who was teased and tormented and hurt just for being who she was."