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TikTok Superstar Sienna Gomez on Her Journey to Self Confidence and New Maybelline Partnership

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After years of struggling with body image while pursuing competitive dance, Sienna Gomez had her entire perspective change thanks to one insightful judge. She began posting body positivity videos on her TikTok, quickly going viral. Within weeks, she was crowned as one of TikTok’s 12 Trailblazers in the Latinx community. Sienna’s career has skyrocketed exponentially since then and she recently announced a partnership with Maybelline. She is excited to embrace one of her favorite brands and hopes to continue to spread her a message of confidence for all. 

Cliché: How did you first become involved with dance? 
Sienna Gomez: I started dancing competitively five years ago for a studio in my hometown. I took recreation dance classes for several years before being asked to audition for Company (the competitive program). I made it that first year and didn’t look back! I’m no longer part of Company just given how crazy my schedule is right now, but I try to get onto the dance floor and train at least a few nights a week in either my hometown or in LA, depending on where I am.
Competitive dancers often face a lot of pressure to have a certain body type or look a certain way. How did you learn to embrace yourself and your differences in that environment? 
In 2019, I was called on stage during awards at a regional dance competition by one of the judges, Wyndee McGovern. She presented me with a coveted award unique to that competition for my stage presence and power – each of the judges could call out one specific person from the competition. She told me, “You were born to stand out. Have confidence in who you are and what you bring to this stage because I promise, you will be a star.” I literally cried on stage because here was this woman who zoned in on and called out my biggest insecurity: I had spent years comparing myself to my tall, thin friends and always felt so short and big next to them. That day – her words on that stage in front of all of my peers – released me from whatever that insecurity was. That’s the moment I started embracing what made me different – my skin color, my big muscular legs, my curvy figure – and started really loving myself for who I am. I think just being seen and validated and encouraged among the hundreds of dancers there was the fuel I needed to really start on this journey of self-love.

You went viral on TikTok for your body positivity videos. What message do you want to send to your followers about body image, especially now that you have such a massive platform? 
The biggest message I want people to take away from my content is that they are beautiful just the way they are and that we are all struggling in our own ways – meaning, no one is “perfect” despite what is depicted on social media. Because I’m on a journey of finding self-love and body confidence myself, it only makes sense that that’s part of what I post on TikTok. I think many people feel alone in their struggles – whether that’s struggling to accept themselves or their body, eating, friends, etc. I want people to feel like they aren’t alone – that we are all more alike than we are different – and that it’s super empowering to put your real self out there.
How does it feel to be chosen by TikTok as both part of their Top 100 list and as one of 12 Trailblazers in the Latinx community? 
It fills me with pride. Just a few weeks after my first video went viral, TikTok reached out and told me they would like to include me as one of 12 “Trailblazers” in the Latinx community. I only had 1 or 2 million followers then, and they said they had no doubt that I was on my way to becoming one of Gen Z’s Latinx digital entertainment leaders. Then in December, they recognized me again as a “Voice of Change” in their 2020 “Top 100” list. Both designations mean so much to me. The Trailblazer award really made me feel validated, like I had “made it” on the TikTok app and was representing for so many other people. The Voice of Change designation made me feel proud. It’s not easy being vulnerable on TikTok but that’s what I try to do with my content: to show that you don’t have to be “perfect” to be powerful, or be skinny with a face of makeup to be beautiful. Being considered as a trailblazer and voice of change for our generation is something I definitely do not take lightly.
Tell us about your partnership with Maybelline! Why did you decide to partner with them? 
I am so honored and excited to be Maybelline’s newest ambassador. It’s the first time in Maybelline history that they have enlisted a Gen Z, Latinx, digital-first talent for a long-term partnership. I’ve been using Maybelline products since I was a little girl in musical theater, so partnering with them was such an easy decision. I love that they are okay that I like being a little more “natural” looking and also appreciate that our very first campaign together was angled more at teaching young girls how to properly apply makeup vs. assuming that they already knew how (with celebrity makeup artist Ariel Tejada on Maybelline’s YouTube channel). My values and Maybelline’s also really align: that you are beautiful the way you are. 
What was it like learning to do your makeup with Ariel Tejada? 
Amazing – he is literally so talented and kind! Ariel and I still stay in touch and text often. He is one of my very favorite people, and I know we will work together again soon.

What projects do you have coming up with Maybelline? 

I make regular content with Maybelline products, which is super fun for me. I’m also really excited about hopefully attending New York Fashion Week this year. I love getting dressed up and going to events, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens! And I recently partnered with them on their global cause initiative around mental health, called Brave Together. I’m looking forward to supporting that initiative however I can. 
How can we all learn to be more confident in ourselves? 
I get this question a lot. There’s no magic pill for confidence, it’s just something you have to work on every day. I have to work on it every day! I think the most important thing centers around learning to love yourself, whether that’s your body or mind, or both! You only have one body (or mind) and learning to love it or at the very least accept it, even when it’s not perfect, is step one to being happy. Every person in the world has both flaws and strengths but it’s so much better to focus on what you like vs. what makes you feel insecure. If there are things about your body (or mind) that you want to work on, then do it in a fun way. But most importantly, I would focus on what you love about yourself and pour all of your energy into that. Self-love is an awesome step toward confidence.

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TikTok Superstar Sienna Gomez on Her Journey to Self Confidence and New Maybelline Partnership. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sienna Gomez.

Body Positive Icon Isabelle Makes Waves with Trio of New Singles

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Music was Isabelle’s safe haven throughout a difficult childhood. The struggle served as her inspiration for one of a trio of new singles, “Honest Man,” which maintains a sense of resilient optimism and hope for the light at the end of the tunnel. In her newest single, “Feet,” Isabelle channels words of wisdom from her beloved grandmother as she tries to let go of things she can’t control and find peace in the constant pressure of the music industry. She’s also a shining light in the body positive movement and wants to encourage women and girls to stop worrying about anyone else’s opinion and start embracing themselves for who they are. She’s on a mission to prove to young girls that body type should never be a deterrent to pursuing your dreams of music stardom. Check out Isabelle’s music video for her smash hit “Unlabeled” HERE. Join her behind the music experience HERE. And stream her music HERE!

Cliché:  When did you discover your passion for singing? 

It was actually a very “cliche” beginning – I sang when I started to talk and my mom enrolled me in voice lessons at the age of 7. At that point, I enjoyed it and loved it but It didn’t become what I was going to do for the rest of my life until I was probably 10 years old. The feeling it gave me was addictive.

Talk about your trio of singles!  Where do you find the time and energy for such continuous creativity?

 I think in general, people don’t realize how much time it takes to craft a song from writing it to releasing it. I wrote these songs over a year’s time. There were many songs that were written but the newest singles felt so necessary to share because they are such important chapters in my life. Writing and creativity comes in waves for me. There are times when I feel like I have nothing to give, but somehow it always swings back around.

Talk about your new single, “FEET.”

“Feet”  is my latest single and it has a special meaning – it is about my grandmother and her journey through dementia and how her words meant such different things throughout my life. She used to say “let everything fall to your feet”, which meant relax and let yourself fall asleep when I was a kid. Now, I think of those words and apply them to letting the things I can’t control, pass. At the end of her life, she didn’t remember me, but it is amazing how words can live on with you after a person is gone. I love releasing songs that touch people and remind them of their own lives. Hopefully my music brings comfort and strength to overcome anything, that is my wish.

How do you go about incorporating your grandmother’s advice to “let everything fall at your feet” in your daily life? How do you cope with stress and deadlines and all the expectations of being a public figure? 

I try to remember her words whenever I feel overwhelmed. The music industry is not for the faint of heart. If you are in it, you understand that it is hard to stay authentic and true to yourself with the times we are living in with social media and perfection. I always try to listen to my inner voice and do when I think is real and true, regardless of what the trend is. I have to say I haven’t regretted it yet.

Unfortunately, things weren’t always so happy for you. Another one of your new  singles, “HONEST MAN,”  is about your difficult upbringing. What gave you solace during those hard times? 

“Honest Man” is the most personal song I have ever released. There is a light at the end of the tunnel in the song, but it talks about the dark times I had to go through in my childhood to get there. Whether you were bullied growing up, or your parents had a tough relationship, we all had hard moments growing up. I’m so thankful I had music and singing because it was my escape and it still is. Today, I am taking all those experiences and using it to help others through my music, which has given me a feeling of going full circle…and it’s only just begun!

On (literally) a more positive note, how did you become involved with the body positive movement? What’s your philosophy in terms of your own self perception of your body? 

I didn’t know anyone growing up that said, “I love my body and I love myself just the way I am.” And that’s a sad thing to say and I know a lot of women who can agree with me. We suppress ourselves constantly because of the devil of comparison. What do we have to give that is beyond our appearance? I love meeting people who change my day because they glow from the inside out. I want to change this way of thinking, and if this is my mission, to help even one person believe in their beauty, then that’s enough for me.

What advice do you have for young girls out there who might be struggling with body image issues? 

 I have always had a little roaring voice inside me that kept me going. I always felt a greater purpose within myself that was beyond the way I looked or how people perceived me. the only advice I can give is to find the things that bring you the most joy and excitement you have ever had. Stop worrying about anyone else, because they are on the same journey as you, just maybe at another point. All your energy and time should be spent making sure YOU are happy and fulfilled so that you can spread it around.

Why is it so important to you to be a beacon of body positivity specifically for other women in the music industry? 

I have looked up to so many women in music since I was very young. Not just for their voices, but for that they stood for as people. I was told from a very early age that I couldn’t pursue a career in the music industry if I didn’t lose weight. It really took away so much of my confidence having that thought and opinion in the back of my head. I didn’t realize it was untrue until I wrote my single “Unlabeled” and saw what an impact I could have on other young girls. Then it clicked with me that this is part of my calling along with my music. I want to be a role model girls look at and say, because of her I know I can do whatever I want and be whoever I want to be.

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Body Positive Icon Isabelle Makes Waves with Trio of New Singles. Photo Credit: Goodwolf Entertainment.

Olive Louise Revels in Newfound Confidence in Her New Single, “Fool”

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Even through her darkest moments,  Olive Louise has always found a way to look on the sunny side of life. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood on the magical estate that inspired The Great Gatsby.  Sadly, these memories would become wistfully poignant as both of her parents passed away before she graduated high school. In the depths of loss, her love of singing ignited.  Still, Olive found herself less than enthusiastic about her self-image and hesitant to participate in her own creative collaborations. Her new single “Fool” casts off the shrinking apologies of her past and probably announces her liberation from needing everyone else’s approval. For the first time, she refused to be sorry about who she was or what she wanted to achieve in music and in life. Olive will be the first to tell you that despite her ups and downs, she is grateful and excited for what her new normal has in store for her moving forward. You can stream “Fool” HERE.

Cliché: What was it like growing up on the estate inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great
Gatsby?

Olive Louise: I didn’t know it was the estate that inspired The Great Gatsby until I was in fourth grade, and
even once I knew it was, it didn’t change the way that I saw it. It was already magical, and it’s
own world outside of everything else. My family’s home was called “ The Pavilion” and was at
the very end of the estate. It used to be the pool house, and was made of mostly windows that
rattled and had to be taped up during storms so as not to blow into the dining room. I loved
when it stormed because you could hear and see everything so clearly with our home looking
out across the Long Island Sound. Many people think of a ginormous, elaborate, bedazzled
mansion when they think of The Great Gatsby, due to the movie. They picture elaborate cocktail
parties, expensive cars and ostentatious people. When in reality, my parents were humble
people who cared most about their family and my mom bought anything she wore at a thrift
shop. We took long walks together in the fall. My mom loved gardening and picking fresh peas
and mint in the summer. My dad loved horseback riding and taught me, my sister Emma, and
some of our close friends like Ashley and Sophia, to ride. In the winter, the snow was so heavy
we would slide off of the deep end of the pool, and make our way up the ladder to do it again.
There was a very tiny pond I called the wishing pond where we would drop pennies in to never
be seen again. My Grandma kept chocolate bars, and babybel cheese in the bottom of her
fridge, and we would mold the red wax and discard the cheese. We played soccer in the field
and basketball in front of the Boat House. We watched the birds pick the freshly shed hair from
the shetland pony and create a nest with it. We had pumpkin hunts and easter egg hunts and I
learned how to ride my bicycle there. To me it was home, and when I miss it, I don’t miss it for
the amount of land there was or for the fact that it was The Great Gatsby Estate. It was literally
its own world where all of my memories with my parents were formed, and where my sister and
I learned how to do everything. The only time I really thought about it having inspired the novel
was when people we didn’t know would drive down the road asking questions about it.

You have a particular affinity for jazz music. Would you say that jazz shaped your
perspective as an artist?

Jazz music played a major role in how I saw life and because of that it shaped my writing.
Everything I heard growing up was so beautiful and poetic, even when there were no vocals, or
when there was clearly deep hurt being conveyed. Everything was so sincere and raw and it
really spoke to me at a young age. They all in some way deal with the struggles of life, and the
uncertainty of everything but they’re honest about it, and I found that really comforting because
no one else had ever verbally acknowledged that to me, but the music did. The ending of the
song “Beyond The Sea,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “I’ll be Seeing You,” were just a few songs that
really changed the way I viewed life. Jazz music made me more grateful to be able to be here,
and to be able to experience love and life.

Your mother was a lead pianist for the Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra. What did her
musical mentorship mean to you? How did she help cultivate your love of music from an
early age?

It meant everything to me, and it always will. I would wake up, we’d have toast with cinnamon
and sugar, and then I’d practice the violin for an hour before school, accompanied by my mom
on the piano. It was the same after school, I knew I would have time with her that was just ours.
She always made me feel like I could do anything. I used to get so upset when I came to a part
in a piece that I was having trouble playing, and she always reassured me that If I just slowed
down, and practiced that section over and over and over again, that I would get it and that it
would mean more to me because it was hard at first. That’s been a pretty good lesson in
general. I used to go with my dad and my sister Emma, and we’d sit in the front row at Tillis
Center and watch her play. The orchestra performed The Planets by Gustav Holst one time, and
when the audience stood up and roared, I realized it wasn’t just because of their amazing
technical ability, it was because the music was transcending. It had moved everyone. I always
felt that way watching her play the piano and watching her give piano lessons to her students.
She brought everyone together. She taught me that music really is the universal language and
as a really shy kid It felt like she gave me another way to communicate.

You tragically lost both your parents at a very young age. I don’t think most people can
truly grasp the devastation of such a loss. What did you hold onto during that time of
grief? Did your relationship to music change during that period?

Nothing was the same. The strangest things went through my head after my mom died. I didn’t
want anyone to touch the piano keys because she was the last one to play them and nobody
moved her cello, which was kept underneath the piano. The house went from being filled with
music, to unbearably quiet and still, even with all of the people that came in and out to leave
food and send their condolences. I didn’t play the violin and I avoided music class in school. Car
rides to school were quiet. I became a different person because my life as I knew it was gone. I
lost my parents separately, so I had a little bit more time with my dad. A while after my mom
passed, my dad started playing The Beatles again in the car. He would sing and tap the steering
wheel to the beat. I noticed that the songs that I gravitated to had changed. My favorite song
had been “A Hard Days Night,” and then I couldn’t stop singing “And I Love Her,” because the first
couple lines of the song felt like an escape, they literally felt other worldly to me. I started
writing after my mom passed, and when my dad noticed how happy it made me, he took me to
the library where there was a little recording studio called Levels, and I recorded the first song I
ever wrote. After my dad passed, I felt completely alone. But during that time, I wrote tons of
poetry. I spent a lot of time alone, and when I was with people I’d go from seemingly happy go
lucky to complete breakdown mode in seconds so the only time I felt safe was when I was
listening to The Kooks on my ipod and when I was writing poetry in my room. The only thing I held onto was the fact that I still had my sister, and I had extremely supportive friends that I’m still friends with today. I had this Chorus teacher at the highschool named Roger Ames, and he
really took me under his wing and made me feel like I could sing. It was my favorite part of the
week. The support was everything and music made me feel like life was bearable because it
gave me an escape and a way to show people how I was feeling without it being a pity party of
a conversation. I just wanted to make my parents proud of me and to use the life and the gift
that they gave me.

Talk about your new single, “Fool.”

“Fool” is the most “pop” sounding song I have, and I didn’t plan for it to be that way. I think it came
out that way because I had just found this new sense of independence and stability within
myself that I hadn’t experienced before. So when I came up with the lyrics, It came out so
bluntly because the way I was feeling was so straight forward and unapologetic. Before I wrote “
Fool” I would say sorry for literally everything. * Holds the door for someone walking into a diner
and says sorry* I felt like I didn’t truly belong anywhere and it came through in my physical body
during dance class, where I would literally be scared to take up room, and in the way I didn’t
speak up for myself. Fool really changed the game for me, and even though I don’t think every
song is going to follow in its lead, I know that the experience of creating something that wasn’t
as reserved and was more “ loud and proud” really made me feel better. It was FUN creating a
song that was about saying I want this, I’m going for it, call me what you want, see it how you
want, your opinion no longer makes or breaks me. I regained some control in my life and my
god, it felt good.

You said that you wrote “Fool” in response through a lot of negativity you were receiving
as well as anxiety you had about gaining some weight. Do you feel pressure as a woman
in the industry to maintain a certain image?

No one’s ever outright said I should look differently or dress differently, which I know does
happen to a lot of people. I think that that’s something I imposed on myself based on what I
always felt you had to look like to be taken seriously. I mean, even going into meetings I had to
remind myself to show up as myself, which was really strange, and something I wish I had had
the confidence to not worry about as much. The pressure as a woman in the industry showed
up in a different way for me, and that was feeling like I didn’t have a voice and that when I spoke
up, it was taken as rude, or ungrateful, rather than me just asking questions, learning, and
having the right to weigh in on a conversation. There’s a serious double standard because
when a woman speaks up about how she feels or what she thinks, she’s taken as sensitive or
written off, and when a man speaks up, people usually aren’t so quick to talk back or they take
the time to listen. I just wish I realized earlier on that I didn’t need to feel guilty. I wasn’t
outspoken I just needed people around me to show equal respect. A lot of people think that
they do, and they hands down just don’t. You can’t call people out when they don’t see what
they’re doing as wrong, it’s a waste of energy.

How did you go about rebuilding your body confidence?

I needed to embrace myself and want the best for myself. It became more about my health and
wanting to treat my body better. I started listening to motivational podcasts and speeches
before going to the gym or while on a walk outside! I think one of the best things I heard was
that, everyone’s ultimately going to a gym for the same reason, and people really aren’t thinking
about you as much as you’re worried they will be. People want to see other people doing well.
So I’d listen with my earpods right up to the door to get me to make it in. Aside from making the
effort to get healthier, I started wanting to find who I really was. I stopped wearing as much
makeup to let my skin breathe, because that’s what I wanted for so long. I was stopping me, no
one else was. At first it was scary going out and not wearing a ton of foundation to cover my
skin, and then I was like, WOW, this has been mostly in my head and I let it stop me from doing
things? I missed out on so many things and I just got sick of missing out. I think the journey is
different for everyone and It just helps to remember that it might be terrifying at first but after a
couple times, it gets a lot less scary and you’ll thank yourself for it in the end.

Were your insecurities also connected to the fear that your music would fail or that you
weren’t on the right path in life? How did you convince yourself that you were making the
right decisions or doing the right thing?

I never convinced myself, I just said I’m going to give it my all! I was definitely insecure about
people not liking it or picking my music apart like a pistachio, but then I got rejected a couple
times and got used to it. Which sounds bad but really isn’t. I also had people that loved what I
was creating, but not everyone’s going to love what you do, or think you “fit in”. Sometimes
people don’t see it ‘til later or they don’t see it at all but I’m cool with that. I’m proud of my art! It’s
a representation of me, and I’m happy with my journey.

I think that we’re not here for that long and that we should follow what we love and are
passionate about. Plus, the feeling I get when I sing is amazing. I genuinely get giddy when I
create something I’m happy with and then voicenote it to my sister like, “ CHECK THIS OUT
NOW!!” and she does the same with me. I love it, can’t see myself doing anything else.

What advice would you have for someone struggling with not liking how they look or
with a lack of life purpose?

My advice would be to first truly analyze where there ideas of purpose and beauty are rooted. I
think the important thing is to gain perspective and understand who you are outside of societal
and social constructs, because with that understanding will always come a sense of purpose
and a vision of what beauty truly is.

What are some strategies that you use to leave negativity behind, both from others and
from your own self doubt?

When other people are negative, I literally repeat in my head that it isn’t personal. I really
consciously try and step out of my own shoes. Everyone’s life experiences brought them to
where they are emotionally, and no one is in the same exact place. Once you realize that, you
have to acknowledge that even if someone has something negative to say about you, or even
on the smallest scale, texts you something that you take a certain kind of way, you have to
realize they’re not you, and it can mean something completely different. Even if it IS personal,
why should one person affect the way that you feel to the point where it ruins your day? When
I’m in my own way, I like to read “ The Power Of Now”. I also have this trick for when I don’t feel
fully present. I pick an object anywhere in front of me. In my head or out loud I describe what it
looks like, what it feels like and what the air smells like in the greatest detail I can. It forces me
to be present. I think that when we’re doubting ourselves or things feel chaotic it’s cause we’re
not living in the moment. In the moment, we always have possibilities to change, to grow, and to
find peace. We are a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

I have this line chart that I drew years ago! I basically drew a chart of my life, and I saw that
even after this “ life line” plummeted with the death of my parents, it went back up. In ways I
couldn’t believe, my life did get better again, and even though it never went back to “normal” I
found a new normal. I know that life really is a roller coaster, and you can always count on it
going back up to a spot where you can enjoy the view.

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Olive Louise Revels in Newfound Confidence in Her New Single, “Fool.” Photo Credit: Captain @studyofnight.

Celebs like Rihanna, Emmy Rossum and Stephanie Beatriz Talk About Body Issues and Positive Body Images for Women

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Recently, Kim Kardashian revealed her weight: 119 pounds. Kendall Jenner and Khloé Kardashian both praised Kim for her body, commenting on how “skinny” she was. In lieu of this recent announcement, stars like Emmy Rossum and Stephanie Beatriz have expressed concerns for women who desire to weigh less than what, for their frame, is healthy. It is perhaps the concern, more so, for the many young fans who look to Kardashian—or other celebs—for examples.

Rihanna, Emmy Rossum and Stephanie Beatriz Talk About Body Issues and Positive Body Images for Women

Women of all ages struggle with eating disorders and body image issues, so the issue isn’t to be taken lightly. The fact that some celebs are willing to speak out is more than admirable. These are the things women should be looking to, no matter their age, for a healthy body image.

Emmy Rossum Opens Up About Body Image Issues

Rihanna, Emmy Rossum and Stephanie Beatriz Talk About Body Issues

Emmy Rossum at a Violet Grey Event in July 2018. Photo Credit: Vince Flores/startraksphoto.com

In response to Kim’s weight reveal, Emmy made her own public statement on her Instagram Story.

The only time I was 119 pounds is when I had MONO on a magazine shoot
and everyone was ‘freaking out over how good’ I looked. I had lost ten pounds and was gaunt and sick and felt faint … It totally messed with my head … You never know what someone is going through. If you’re having a tough time with body image, I promise you’re beautiful and this feeling will pass. Today is just a moment. Practice some self-care and reboot. Take a bath. Take a walk. Take a yoga class. Make a healthy nutritious meal and watch your favorite funny movie. Tomorrow is another day.

Stephanie Beatriz Also Posted Something on Her Instagram About Her Past Body Image Issues

Rihanna, Emmy Rossum and Stephanie Beatriz Talk About Body Issues

Stephanie Beatriz, Photo Credit: Fox

Kim Kardashian saying what she weighs and her sisters complimenting her being so skinny is like eating my brain rn. There’s only one time in my life when I ever weighed 119 pounds. It was right in the middle of a terrible relationship, and intense eating disorder, and I thought that I could be thinner and look even better. Everyone kept complimenting me on how I looked, and I felt desperate to stay at that weight. It sucked.

Meanwhile, Rihanna Discusses Her Girl Crush Image and Her Own Body Confidence

Rihanna, Emmy Rossum and Stephanie Beatriz Talk About Body Issues

Rihanna at the European Premiere of Ocean’s 8. Photo Credit: INSTAR Images

Rihanna, known as a girl crush for many women, made it clear that she doesn’t want to sacrifice her curves while getting back in shape. She told British Vogue that she’s most likely a girl crush for being “thicc.”

I’m about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don’t lose my butt or my hips or all of my thighs. I’ll lose some but not all. And I think of my boobs like ‘Imma lose everything, everything goes!But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut.

In her June 2018 Vogue interview, she told the magazine that women need to “laugh” at themselves and accept whatever shape their body is from one week to the next.

At Any Rate, Body Positivity is a Must

Despite the constant pressure to be thin, skinny or thick, women need to accept what their body type has to offer. It’s totally refreshing to hear about past struggles from women who have been there. Emmy Rossum, Stepanie Beatriz and Rhianna all have the right mindset. Accept yourself because you’re beautiful, no matter what your shape is from one month to the next. Don’t look to a number on a scale or a physically impossible image that you dream of accomplishing. Remember that many images these days are photoshopped, and every woman’s healthy weight is entirely different. That’s what makes us uniquely our own.

 

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Katie Willcox is Proving That Healthy is the New Skinny

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As women, there is no denying that we are constantly under the scrutiny of others. Whether it’s what we are wearing or if we are not wearing makeup, we are put into boxes to be a certain way that we cannot live up to because these “ideals” are not realistic. Despite this, we are always reminded of the push to be “perfect” through social media, television, magazines, and more. What we need more of is kindness, truth, and most importantly, support—not only with ourselves, but others, too. Enter Katie Willcox, a true inspiration for women and girls growing up in a world that can create so much pressure on how one should look, act, and feel. She is a force that glows from within and shares her unwavering strength with others, in turn creating a positive movement of acceptance, healthy body image, and being and loving yourself confidently.
 

From the publishing of her book, Healthy Is The New Skinny: Your Guide To Self-Love In A Picture Perfect World and the social movement it represents, to creating her own modeling agency, Natural Model Management, which promotes health and attainable goals for the modern-day woman, Willcox is one of the most influential, graceful, and honest women we have ever seen. Plus, she is such a kickass person who makes you feel welcomed and accepted from the get-go. Need it get better? We had the honor of speaking with the wonder woman herself about her ever-growing career, sweet family, and will to promote the right type of change in an industry that can feel so limited.

Cliché: What sparked your fire in making the first step to breaking the glass ceiling of the modeling industry? How do you continue to strive for more in an industry that can feel so limited and exclusive?
Katie Willcox: For me, the moment that changed everything was when I was sitting on my kitchen floor and crying because I licked frosting off of a baking sheet. It was a low point in my life when I had to stop and realize that this was not who I was as a person and this was not who I wanted to be. At the time, despite working as a plus-size model at a size 14, I wanted to get healthier and feel more comfortable in my skin, but like so many women, what started as a healthy goal took a dark turn and I had gone too far. I had lost 60 pounds and had gone from a size 14 to a 6, losing all of my plus-size clients and income. I was too small for plus-size modeling and too big for straight-size modeling at a size 6.

Because modeling was the only job I had since high school, continuing to work as a model was the driving force pushing me to get smaller and smaller as I jeopardized my health with every pound. I will never forget that day I sat on the kitchen floor alone and distraught over having a taste of frosting from a batch of cupcakes I had made for a friend’s party. I felt sad, angry, lost, and like a failure in more ways than one. I failed in my attempts to be healthy, I failed in my attempt to be small enough to work as model, and worst of all, I failed myself and my spirit. As I sat and talked with my now husband, I cried and told him I hated this industry and what it does to girls, both models and the girls who look up to them. I told him I wanted to quit and do something meaningful with my life. He said to me, “You can quit, but if you quit, who is going to help change it?” That was the defining moment for me when I realized that I could do nothing or I could do something, and I am not a do-nothing kind of girl.

As for glass ceilings…when you get close enough, you realize they are just holograms. It isn’t about breaking them; it is about just moving through them because when you do that, you realize the challenges they represent keep shifting and changing. As women, we won’t be able to break through one challenge and not immediately be faced with another equally daunting challenge. But if you can realize that these challenges only have power over you if you allow them to, then you take control and the outcome is in your hands, depending upon how hard you are willing to work.

I continue to strive for more from this extremely limiting industry because I continue to strive for more of myself as a woman. Through my experiences, I have realized that I am capable of so much more than being beautiful, and so is every single girl and woman. I have also realized that with our current culture that is image-obsessed, there are ways to use beauty for good and share the truth. I now have a 10-month-old daughter named True, and she is my daily reminder to be true to myself and to be fearless as we fight for the female spirit that is hurting. Our culture only believes what it can see; that is why it is important to show different forms of beauty and value them equally, but the end goal is for girls and women to no longer need permission to love and value themselves from others.