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Stella Boonshoft Bares Body, Talks Acceptance

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Stella Boonshoft, a college student from New York who recently posted a picture of herself in a bikini on Tumblr, is taking a stand against both bullies and the trend of fat-shaming, in which society views a woman who isn’t stick-thin as less-than.

Boonshoft appeared on the Today Show yesterday and said that at first, she was “mortified” that the photo would be seen by so many people; it wasn’t originally supposed to go public, but became a part of photographer Brandon Stanton’s “Humans Of New York” project after he decided not to use the photo he’d taken of her fully clothed. Now, she’s become a role model for girls and young women everywhere by sharing her story.

“I think people are cruel because they are uncomfortable seeing an image of people who are not thin,” Boonshoft said. “I found that after years of struggling with my body image that really there was no way to justify the bullying as a child and as a teen.”

Now that she’s garnering national attention, however, Boonshoft says she will be changing the way her blog works. With the help of Stanton, she’ll be revamping the way she approaches it now that she has a broader audience.

Hello followers, new and old,

Thank you for being so wonderful and supporting me through this crazy, incredible journey. It has been surreal.

I want to tell you that as far as a personal blog, this is endeavor is finished. I have a much broader audience, and I’m not so sure I’m comfortable sharing ALL of my life and thoughts with everyone! It’s a confusing, complex issue. I want to get the message of self love and acceptance out there, however, I don’t think chronicling every detail of my life is the way to go about that.

So, here’s to the new body love blog. Over the course of the next few weeks, me and my friend Brandon (who you all know from Humans of New York) are reinventing this blog.

I’m hoping it will turn the focus off of me, and onto a much larger issue. I want this blog to turn into something about YOU, not me.

It is all very exciting. I’m not going to reveal details yet, but trust me, this is going to be beautiful. I know that because you all are beautiful.

Love,
Stella

Stella Boonshoft Bares Body, Talks Acceptance
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  • ak

    i think she’s beautiful. nice. i applaud you.

    • bernie

      I think she is ridiculous. Instead of staying with trying to lose weight, she just gives up and starts telling young girls it`s alright to be fat. Doesn`t she know there is a happy mediun between fat and skinny? THAT is what people like to see. “Healthy”!!!

      • Kath

        She isn’t saying “don’t lose weight”, she’s saying “be healthy, but love who you are regardless of your size.”
        I never hear anyone mock the wrinkles of old age, but no one is gonna blame an elderly person for loving who they are either, right?
        Say all the fat girls lost their weight and got “healthy”, by the terms you define it as. There are emotional malfunctions, formed by the taunts and self-loathing etc., that will see these girls killing themselves, finding addictions, running from one broken relationship to the next; you name it and the possibility is present.
        Self-hatred in any person can be dangerous for everyone they come in contact with, as well as themselves.

        Stella’s trying to breed a happy generation, which in turn breeds a healthy one. Leave her be, fame-seeker or not. She’s helped other people already and it would do EVERYONE some good to realise it.

  • Stanley A. Gayton

    Darlin you don’t worry about them stick thin models and what them people say, men want some meat on the plate along side the potatoes. we want something that they can wrap our arms around. when a man reaches across the bed and feels your warm body not just a bag of bones.

    • Me

      Darlin… you don’t speak for all men. EVER. This has nothing to do with what men want. This has to do with being and living healthy. Posting pics of yourself overweight wont stop bullying. She is just an attention whore. She knows full well trolls will comment just as much as supporters. She needs to send a different message of strength through working out, eating right and taking care of yourself spiritually. Her message is “I’m morbidly obese, as dictated by ALL medical texts, but I want to focus on other people who hate fat, instead of focusing on me.”

  • http://Yahoo Adaramola samuel

    If you can tell me more about yourself i can be with you till end

  • http://www.lifenergy.com.au lpaa

    ! She is unhealthy, but if she’s comfortable with that, then no worries. This website blog has summed up the abuse and self deception of the term ‘real woman’ very well. It’s an interesting but honest read. It WILL tread on some toes! I certainly gave the article a ‘Like’!

    http://lifenergy.com.au/blog/

  • mike t

    Who the hell is Stella Moonshot?

  • Me

    and somehow the world doesn’t give a shit. Giving up on being healthy and using “bullying” as an excuse? Pathetic. The point with bullying is to rise above it. Better yourself and be strong. This is the wrong message and more of a publicity whore than anything. Next she’ll be talking movie and book deals to whomever will listen.

    • Glorious Steinham

      “The point of bullying is to rise above it”??? Tell us how you’ve risen above your severe IQ limitations please!

  • ggr

    I am not trying to be mean. However americans did not look like this 50
    years ago. We are saying it is ok to over eat and be overweight. I am
    not saying we should be waifs like some models but we should be thin
    to expect to be healthy in our 60s 70s and 80s

  • Jim Batstone

    Did you know that people can live without eating on body fat and my mothert is 86 years old and isd fatter than her