If you thought only stick figures could shake it like a pro, think again. Whitney Thorpe’s No Body Shame Campaign is making viral waves, thanks in part to her high energy dance routines. A dancer since she was 4, the North Carolina-based radio producer would eventually teach, but find herself at a roadblock when diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and drastic weight gain.
“By the time I had graduated college, been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, moved to Korea, and gained 200 pounds,” she recently wrote to Huffington Post. “I was finally able to dance socially, at a club or party, but never dreamed I would take a class or perform publicly ever again.”
Fortunately, a friend at Whitney’s job suggested she start her popular “Fat Girl Dancing” video series and encourage other women to embrace their size.
“I am learning to practice aggressive self-love. I have lived my life as a 130-pound woman and as a 350-pound woman in North America, in Europe, and in Asia. Cultural norms, societal pressures, and the whims of the fashion industry do not define my worth as woman or a human being,” Thorpe writes on her website. “My intelligence, personality, talents, and contributions do not fluctuate with the numbers on a scale. I am unwaveringly me at any size and I’m learning constructive and pro-active ways to help shape my ideals and the ideals of the world I live in. Do it with me?”
How refreshing to see a movement like this getting national recognition! Learn more about the No Body Shame Campaign here and flip the page for another video of Whitney shaking a tailfeather.