Vlogger Grace Victory has revealed that shes not here for the body positivity movement being watered down and hijacked by middle class white women.
Shes ready for a change.
The beauty, fashion and lifestyle YouTuber, whos built her 200,000 strong audience by destigmatising conversations around body image, spilled all about body positivity.
Shes never been one to hold back, and her YouTube channel and book are no different. Filled with stories about her life, many go into personal subjects like her past eating disorder, childhood trauma, body image, and her relationship with alcohol.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she mentioned her past trauma, explaining: I wanted to share my personal journey because I dont want anyone else to feel like I did.
And shes practicing what she preaches, as shes currently training to be a therapist.
I dont see myself being a vlogger when Im 60, she revealed.
The self-professed internets big sister added: Im training to be a therapist. Im always asked to give advice and I wanted to have the paperwork to back it up. Id love to have my own practice in London and a big healing clinic.
A huge part of her journey has been learning to celebrate her body – and teaching others to do the same. Shes recently teamed up with the likes of Harnaam Kaur and Anais Gallagher on Vauxhalls new campaign which celebrates a shift from their original ad which featured Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
I didnt ever see many people that looked like me, that spoke like me – I wanted to change that, she told us.
However, she believes: Body positivity has been watered down – it was a movement created by fat black women but now when you go on Instagram, all you see is middle class white women.
One of the biggest advocates for body positivity recently has been Little Mix, with the music video for their song Strip.
While Grace acknowledges: I do like Little Mix and I think theyre great for their young audience, she thinks theres more to the story, with the origins of the body positivity movement being erased.
Traditional media and social media also have a part to play in dismissing the diversity that should have a place in conversations about body positivity – but that doesnt mean it cant be remedied.
The media needs to hire journalists who look different, who think differently, she explained.
She added: Those with privilege need to amplify the voices of marginalised people.
Even though Im marginalised I still have privilege.
Even on social media in our day to day lives, its not uncommon to feel inadequate as a result of the unachievable expectations of beauty.
However, Grace explained that all of us can, and should, be doing our bit to diversify what we see on social media.
The 28-year-old added: We have control over who we follow and what our social media feeds look like, she pointed out. I dont follow skinny models.
We all have a responsibility to diversify our own social media feeds.
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