A woman’s YouTube videos are going viral after she set out to prove that weight shouldn’t interfere with your love of dance. Proving that size shouldn’t matter, she has created a series of videos demonstrating just that where she dances her butt off.
Whitney Way Thore, a radio producer, admits that her weight has troubled her for years but has set out to do something about it. In effort to show the public that weight is just a number, Thore has entertained and encouraged countless viewers in a series of dance routines she has dubbed “A Fat Girl Dancing.”
Giving a little insight into her past she describes, “By the time I had graduated college, been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, moved to Korea, and gained 200 pounds, 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.”
She even went so far as to say to the Huffington Post, “Unable to face my reflection, I failed out of dance class my first semester.”
Explaining what started her unforeseen movement, Thore told the DailyVenusDiva, “I had the idea for No Body Shame Campaign after I posted photos of myself from a boudoir shoots. While many responses were positive, there was a whoooole lotta fat-shaming going on! I started blogging really just for therapy.”
But this wasn’t enough to stop Thore who soon suggested the dancing videos not only as new motivation for plus sized viewers, but also for a way for her to cope with the negativity. She was then set to release the videos she did over the next few months featuring herself–and occasional partner–dancing to a series of currently popular songs.
She claims that after posting the videos on YouTube she decided to share them on Facebook resulting in a huge spike in views as well as encouragement. She expounded on the issue saying, “Instead of posting a link to YouTube, I embedded the video directly into Facebook. This allowed it to become more visible and reach more people through the 150k+ shares!”
Stating that there will always be discouragers, she feels that the good she is doing for others outweighs the comments of those few by far.
She wrote on her website, “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.”
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