Published October 23, 2012
A photo of a young plus-size woman wearing a bikini has gone viral, People Magazine reported.
Stella Boonshoft posted the photo on The Body Love Blog, which she authors. Boonshoft posted the picture to help other people dealing with body image problems.
“My body must be a revolution,” she wrote on the blog. The photo’s caption reads: “Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. I am not going to stand for that. This is my body, not yours. MINE.”
More than 80,000 people shared the photo from Tumblr, and 2.4 million viewed it on Facebook.
Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York project, which is a gallery of street photos, first took Boonshoft’s picture fully clothed. Later, he took the photo of her wearing nothing but the bikini.
Boonshoft, a student at New York University, admitted to People.com that she was initially mortified, but decided showing the picture was the right thing to do as she advocates for sizeism.
“I knew that thousands of people were looking at my body,” she wrote on the blog. “I knew thousands were judging me.”
Boonshoft also suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder characterized by excessive androgens like testosterone, which makes ovulating difficult. It affects one in 10 American women and can make getting pregnant difficult.
Weight gain is one side effect of the disorder.
On her blog, Boonshoft wrote that her doctor said “she is eating too little and not often enough,” and her blood pressure and cholesterol levels are within normal ranges.
“Healthy. Fat. Fabulous,” Boonshoft wrote.