“I’m a plus-size mannequin and body-positivity activist,” Tijerina mentioned. “I really like encouraging girls to stay their greatest and most genuine lives by means of every little thing that they do.”
She says her followers actually grew after she posted health movies to TikTok.
“It’s about doing one thing that you just take pleasure in, transferring your physique, celebrating all that it could actually do and I actually love that when individuals come to my platform they see that and that they see a plus dimension physique doing workouts that they usually don’t see.”
Physique positivity has turn into a current welcoming pattern on social media that’s totally different from what we’ve seen up to now.
“The media and social media has advised us that just one sort of magnificence is the correct sort of magnificence so usually instances you see younger women and girls who’re always striving to attain one thing that they simply weren’t designed to be,” Tijerina mentioned. “And physique positivity, physique neutrality, physique acceptance – no matter time period you need to use for it – is encouraging girls to search out the wonder and uniqueness that they’ve themselves.”
Tijerina says there’s an enormous psychological well being side to it and he or she’s an enormous believer in remedy to assist overcome the boundaries we face to really feel assured in our personal pores and skin.
Alice West-Goers is a licensed scientific social employee and therapist. She says she talks about physique positivity together with her purchasers.
“Displaying up on this planet and having individuals criticize you to your physique is absolutely difficult,” West-Goers mentioned. “It’s necessary to exit into society and really feel valued.”
West-Goers says she teaches her purchasers to observe constructive affirmations – reminding themselves in regards to the nice issues their physique can do. She says influencers like Tijerina are an enormous assist by empowering individuals to view physique picture in a special gentle.
“When you find yourself fighting low shallowness it could actually spiral into despair and anxiousness and possibly attainable different self-harming conduct, self-loathing, and so I feel it’s necessary to have the ability to take a look at these social media platforms and see individuals who appear like you,” West-Goers mentioned.
Tijerina says society has come a great distance in solely a few many years. Rising up, she says she couldn’t put on manufacturers she actually appreciated as a result of they didn’t provide her dimension.
“One among my followers she commented and mentioned ‘so are you telling me all of my childhood trauma that I had from not with the ability to match on this model is now gone?’ And I used to be like ‘yeah, it form of is,’” Tijerina mentioned.
Nonetheless, she says there’s nonetheless room for progress.
“One of many issues specifically that I want extra manufacturers did is that once they develop to plus dimension, I don’t need that to solely be out there on-line, I would like that to be available in shops similar to it’s for someone with a straight physique.”
Regardless of your form, dimension, or means, Tijerina desires everybody to know your physique is gorgeous. And when you’re fighting self-confidence, she suggests trying on the within first.
“Perhaps you suppose you’re a really sensible individual, otherwise you suppose you’re sort otherwise you love the forms of relationships that you’ve got,” Tijerina mentioned.
“Begin small with issues which can be private about you. After which decide issues about your physique specifically that you just love. So possibly it’s ‘I really like my smile, I feel I’ve nice vitality and charisma’, and telling your self that each single day helps just a bit increasingly to proceed to get that assured vibe that you just could be in search of your self.”