Radio producer Whitney Thore has always loved to dance. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s been boogying her way through life, and today is no different.
Leading the fight for body positivity, exuberant dancing queen Whitney proclaims, ‘You can be fat and beautiful, you can be fat and funny, fat and smart, fat and talented…’
And she leads by example. She’s become famous for her No Body Shame campaign, which urges people to love themselves and their bodies in order to live a full, happy life.
Growing up in North Carolina, Whitney’s self-confidence was shattered by her sudden teenage weight gain. Having gained 100lb in a year, Whitney quit her dance classes and almost dropped out of school.
‘I felt like my body didn’t give me permission to do the things I wanted to do,’ remembers Whitney.
By the time she hit 250lb, she’d developed an eating disorder, and was at her lowest point.
After she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Whitney decided that enough was enough, and that it was time to return to the dance studio. She could still strut her stuff, and started posting videos of her routines online.
The videos went viral, and all of a sudden Whitney found herself with a legion of fans behind her, receiving messages from hundreds of individuals worldwide. Some struggling with weight, some with a variety of other problems, but all of them praised Whitney as an inspiration.
Taking her moves to the streets, Whitney is always working tirelessly to show the world that nobody should think any less of themselves regardless of how they look.
‘Becoming body positive is the most incredible thing that’s ever happened to me,’ grins a triumphant Whitney.
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