Your Body is Not Wrong
BY MIKAYLA SHULTS
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”
– Coco Chanel
Throughout my years of middle school, I noticed an unacceptable behavior among the girls my age. In the beginning, I looked up those older than me, who probably had no idea how I admired them. My peers and I compared ourselves to others and spoke poorly about our bodies. It made this a mentally dangerous place for many. Now, in high school, I am saddened to see the same thing happening. So I spoke up to help these young ladies. The I Weigh community created by Jameela Jamil is a safe space for people to express themselves and love their bodies. During sex Ed, every student in my class took a picture of themselves and wrote what they love or hope to love about themselves in the photo. Later that day, I looked on Instagram to see that every freshman had done it, and many posted them to their stories! The joy from this moment is why I needed to speak out.
About the I Weigh Community
Two years ago we started an Instagram account to try to create a safe and radically inclusive space on social media. A lot of us want to help others and change the world for the better, but don’t know where to start.
Activism can seem daunting. Sometimes it’s just hard and lonely. At I Weigh Community, we don’t believe it has to be that way. We believe in brick-by-brick activism, and making a difference in large numbers. We’re going to have to come together and do this as one to really shift the narrative of our society.
I Weigh Community will introduce you to new voices, artists, activists and movements. These are the people we believe we need to listen to. We are still learning, and we’re inviting you to come and learn alongside us so we can all grow together. It’s never too late to want to help and understand each other better.
This movement is so important to me, and I look forward to getting to know you all.