Recently, my body went beyond friends, fans, and family — and turned into an international joke.
Various accounts reposted the meme and it accumulated millions of likes and comments.
People I know (and strangers) messaged me to let me know that I'd been meme'd. I told them it was fine and I wasn't losing any sleep over it, which was a lie.
I make a living encouraging women to love their bodies — one meme was not going break me. I feel responsible for the women who look up to me and my confidence. I had to remain strong and unbothered.
But I was in denial. The meme did hurt my feelings.
I tried to convince myself that the meme was funny. But when I showed it to my family, it was a whole different story.
My siblings and I are very over-protective of each other. The meme did not amuse them... They reminded me that I am allowed to feel insulted.