Proud2Bme | Stella Boonshoft Disarms Bullies with Body Acceptance

Stella Boonshoft Disarms Bullies with Body Acceptance

"After years of struggling with my body image, there was no way to justify the bullying & torment I endured." So 18-year-old Stella decided to stand proud--and share that image with the world.

Fed up with feeling ashamed, she posted a photo of herself wearing just her undies on her blog with this caption: "WARNING: Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. Well I’m not going to stand for that. This is my body. Not yours. MINE. Meaning the choices I make about it, are none of your f**king business. Meaning my size, IS NONE OF YOUR F**KING BUSINESS."

And then it went viral. So viral that she ended up on the Today Show telling her story, which is pretty awesome indeed. "Every single day I'm bombarded with images of half-naked women and they all look the same," says Stella. "They all have the same kind of body type. And somehow that's okay, but God forbid we put someone like me, who's a size 12, on a billboard." Watch Stella's whole interview:

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