It seems like now is the age of female YouTubers standing up against online harassment, and we couldn’t be happier. Every time they speak out, the trolls lose some of their power.
With #ThePowerofMakeUp and #YouLookDisgusting videos, we’ve seen a lot of beauty bloggers stand up to people insulting their facial beauty. Now, vlogger Loey Lane is standing up to the body shamers in her latest video.
#iamflawless because I'm not ashamed of my body, but proud of what it has done for me. Today I uploaded my Plus-Size Swimwear lookbook and like last year, I wanted to really talk about self love and confidence. I want to celebrate all of you, your stories and your beauty. Tell me why you are flawless with #iamflawless on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Link is in my bio to the video.
Loey often posts photos of herself in swimsuits on her social media channels and in YouTube videos. She gets a lot of feedback, some of it’s positive and some isn’t so nice. A lot of her commenters seem to think bikinis don’t look good on curvy girls. It’s not just the trolls, YouTube even put an 18+ age restriction on viewing her Victoria’s Secret haul video (probably because of reports by cyberbullies), flagging it as inappropriate because seeing her body in a bikini would be harmful to young viewers. (We’re still scratching our heads on that one.)
Apparently they missed the memo: the only thing you need to do to get a bikini body is put a bikini on your body. There’s no law about what your dress size should be before you put one on. If you feel good in it, then wear your bikinis to the beach this summer.
This isn’t the first time Loey’s had to address her experiences with body shaming. Just a month ago, she talked about it in another video, sparking her #iamflawless movement. But this time, she called out the cyberbullies by mentioning the comments they posted and debunking them, one by one. She shut down a lot of myths about curvy girls, like they spend all day eating junk food and that their body confidence is promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.
Keep shattering those stereotypes and loving your body, Loey!