A plus size influencer has shared how trolls shower her with nasty comments when she’s wearing skimpy outfits.
Leah Stanley, who calls herself “Thickney Spears,” believes it’s important for people of all sizes to be comfortable in their own skin.
But the lingerie model, size 28, sometimes faces backlash from haters who try to physically shame her.
The 34-year-old from New York says: “Occasionally people stare at me and I like to think that while sometimes it might be a malicious look, that’s not always the case.”
“I try to think about how often I find myself staring at someone’s bag, shoes or outfit—they might be doing the same thing to me.
“I try to keep a positive and open mind. Recently I was inundated with quite a few bad comments on the “30 Second Trailer” trendreel I shared.
“As well as a certain bathing suit that people think I shouldn’t be wearing.
“I honestly don’t put much stock in comments or stares that come from a place that’s negative. This is what they want to create even more negativity.
“Often these comments come from a place of internalized hate projected onto people who don’t fit into their box.”
Leah previously shared her biggest tip for boosting body awareness in curvy women.
The social media star (@voluptuousleah) said, “I think it has to do with how I take negativity, I don’t allow it.”
“For me, it doesn’t mean living rent-free. We’re not all supposed to look the same, our bodies are supposed to change and I think the most important thing is to maintain a relationship with your body.
“Put size aside and think about what your body is doing for you and what you are making it do.
“I have a process that I personally share with followers, friends and family to help them express a little bit of their confidence.
“One of my all-time favorite tips is general and simple: undress.
“I sleep naked every night. Get to know your body, watch it move in the mirror and own it.”