Reshaping body image

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 22, 2015

On the heels of Meagan Trainor’s plus sized girl anthem “All About That Bass,” YouTube sensation Trisha Paytas debuted her first single, “Fat Chicks.”
I’m a newcomer to Paytas’ YouTube channel, but for the past eight years she has gained more than 1.6 million subscribers.
By the media’s standards, Paytas does not have the ideal woman’s body or weight.
She is a full-figured woman and not the type we are accustomed to seeing in fashion magazines, television shows and movies.
Anyone perusing the comment section of her YouTube channel would find many negative and cruel comments about her weight.
I enjoy watching her videos, but am always saddened by the inhumane way people choose to treat others.
However, she remains positive. One of the things I admire about Paytas is her confidence.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to a person’s body shape. Genetics and health related problems are some things that we have little to no control over.
Paytas does document her journey with fitness regimes and diets and she struggles just like the rest of us. Some days we stick to our diets and others we fall off the wagon.
A particular phrase in her song I feel will be a message of hope to those who are bullied and teased because of their weight.
“Fat is a word used to negatively bring down us girls with a little extra junk in the trunk. But being called fat is just a label, a label put onto us by others that can’t handle all this wow woww woww. So I’ll take that label and wear it because it does not define me.”
There are many young women out there who struggle with their weight and the cruel judgments of others.
I’m glad to see this influx of women breaking all the “rules” and showing the world what average women feel and look like.

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