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Taking Selfies As A Fat Girl Doesn’t Make Me Brave

I am a plus size girl, I’ve been plus size since the tenth grade. This is who I am, and while I’m constantly working on my size, I try really hard not to let it hold me back. 

I take selfies, I take pictures with my family, and I post them on the internet. When people see them, they say they wish they had my bravery. And I’m here to tell you that’s bullshit. 

Telling someone you wish you could be brave like them and willing to post a picture of yourself online is one of the most selfish things you can say to someone. 

If a skinny person posts a selfie you don’t commend them on your bravery. You say, “nice hair” or something along those lines. The last thing anyone wants to be called is brave for just being themselves. 

I’m not brave because I posted a picture of my fat self online.

I am just living my life. This is me. This is who I am, and the act of being fat and willing to take a picture of myself doesn’t make me brave. It just makes me a normal person.  

I’m so over the idea that I can’t take a selfie because I’m overweight. I still like myself and I still want pictures of my life and my adventures, and I still want to share them with my friends. 

So no, I’m not brave for taking pictures of myself. I’m just me. And I’m working on some stuff. But that doesn’t mean I should stop living my life while I get there. 

Karen Gianni

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Great story. I, too, have been plus size since my teenager years. I’ve starved myself and even went so far to have surgery to beat the body blues. At the end, I’m still plus size and I’m trying to accept myself as is. Your story was a nice shot in the arm. Keep it up.