If There Was a SKINNY Button, Would You Push It?
Posted on March 01 2021
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."