If There Was a SKINNY Button, Would You Push It?

Melodie Henderson

Posted on March 01 2021

If There Was a SKINNY Button, Would You Push It?

From five girls who cried themselves to sleep at night with whispered prayers to '"Please make me skinny," to women who put their fears down to step in front a camera, real talk about living a Big Life.

At the GLITZY model call in January, every head in the room nodded when Amber Lappert said she remembers going home from school crying from being bulled about her weight.

Getting perfectly candid, these women shared their deepest feelings about growing up without body positive influences, raising daughters to feel empowered about their bodies, health issues that contribute to weight gain and how they found their way into being fearless in front of the camera. Check out the first video in the series here! https://youtu.be/SebYxLcb4Mc 

Before joining GGB as Brand Coordinator, Amber was a Tik Tok star on the rise, known for body positive, curve conscious fashion sense, glamorous makeup and entertainment videos, but her outgoing and confident persona wasn't always what she showed the world.

"For me to sit here and tell you I've always been confident in my size, I'd be lying. I think what really made me confident was realizing that I'm unique. I don't look like those people in the magazines, and that's what's going to make me stand apart," Amber said. "The main reason I wanted to work at Glitzy was that I've always wanted to inspire people, I want to let other women who have went through the same struggles as their weight as me know you are not your weight. You are not the size on your jeans."

Other panelists confided that they grew up with 'sports' bodies that developed to early curves; while others said they began to gain after high school, adding pounds with each pregnancy until they were living in their maternity jeans, long after delivery. 

After Ariel Faith found GGB, she said she started to feel like she had found herself again. "I just couldn't believe it, I mean MY style--here it is, and I get to wear the clothes I like and I feel confident in; and my husband loves it, my family--I just feel like a whole new person now, just full of life."

Some panelists also struggle with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, which can add to the weight gain and make it difficult to lose, as well as affecting fertility. 

Kandace Johnson suffered two miscarriages before she had two children. "When you go into the doctor's office and the first thing that comes out of their mouths is, 'Well, you can have kids if you lose weight,' and then you go and try to lose weight and they go 'oh yeah, you have PCOS, so you can't lose weight, or it's going to be extremely hard for you to lose weight,' that just brings you down so much." She's raising her girls to love the body they're in.

Kandace said when she found Glitzy Girlz, she was relieved that she could walk into the shop and fit in whatever she wanted to try on. She also loves the feeling of community she gets from Glitzy. "They give me the confidence and then when I walk out the door, I feel like I'm ready to go and I can accomplish anything."

Maliyah Gibbs said she is just now getting comfortable in her skin. "There are days I don't feel confident at all, but I just put on a show, 'fake it til you make it' type thing, and it seems to be working out."

"I'm 25 years old....it took me 25 years to get to where I am now," Amber said. After spending years praying, wishing, hoping, working out, doing everything she was supposed to, Amber says she has no desire to be skinny. 

"I want to be curvy, I want to embrace my curves, I'm loving every bit of it. I'm embracing it, having fun," Amber said. "I'm never going to be skinny, because this is who I am."

 

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6 comments

  • Marisa: March 04, 2021

    First off thank you for bringing awareness to this! I have literally been over weight my entire life. I always remembered being the bigger kid in the class growing up. Dealing with bullies at school, sometimes to the point I didn’t want to go to school. In 2012 I was diagnosed with PCOS. I’ve tried every diet imaginable. I finally felt that I have an answer as to why it’s been so difficult to loose weight! Finally many years later I decided to have weight loss surgery. Surgery was always an option however I felt it would look like I failed, but I had to do something I had to get healthier. Deciding to have surgery was the one of the hardest things I’ve done. There is soo much involved with it. This last October I had my surgery so far I’m down 85lbs. I couldn’t be happier. If I could change one thing I would have done it years away. I don’t want to be skinny, I like my curves I just want to be healthier. I’m excited to see what life has in store for me! I have been eyeing GGB for over a year now and can’t wait to be at the size I want so I can buy all new clothes! Thanks for reading about my story!

  • Amanda: March 03, 2021

    Would I push the skinny button? 100% yes, but skinny to me is not what I see on a VS runway. Skinny is a healthier version of me. I have struggled with weight my whole life and I’ve been close enough to a healthy goal to know I can be curvy and skinny. With every different season of my life my weight has gone up and down, and at my heaviest now I could honestly say yes and push the skinny button.

  • Christi: March 02, 2021

    I was tiny when I was in high school and that is where I met my husband at 16. We dated for ten years and now we’ve been married for ten years. A few months ago he left me for his 22 year old employee who is young and skinny. After PCOS and having my son, I weight 250 lbs now. There are times when I think to myself that I need to lose all the weight so I can eventually meet someone else. The truth is that I’m already a great person. I have a huge heart, I’m a wonderful mother. I work full time and I’m going to school full time to be a special education teacher. My weight doesn’t define me. It’s just one small part of a bunch of pieces that make me, me. I don’t want someone to be interested in me because I’m skinny. I know from experience that I can’t keep the weight off long term. I want someone to love me for me, extra pounds and all.

  • Stephanie Jones: March 02, 2021

    I love this so much. I have been bigger my whole life and always felt unworthy and unlovable because society tells you that your size is what makes you. I sat by while my friends had boyfriends and got dates. It use to make me feel like something was wrong with me. It’s taken me 32 years to kick these thoughts and finally love me!! Let me tell you- it is a freeing feeling! I love being comfortable in my own skin and showing other women that they can be too. It’s all about confidence and loving yourself. Who you are is what makes you unique and special. Thanks for sharing your stories and inspiring others!

  • Nicole C: March 01, 2021

    Struggling with weight has always been something I’ve dealt with. After having 3 kids, it’s definitely taken a toll on my body. I can say that I’m trying to love my body, but I’d be lying if I said I currently love it especially with summer right around the corner. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration!

  • Ashley : March 01, 2021

    I needed to read this. Thank you soo much GGB for all that you do. Your clothing line is amazing and I feel so confident wearing it. To all the models, thanks for stepping out and up for people like me, like you. You are all truly inspiring!!

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