One of the hardest parts of growing up plus-size was never seeing people my size be acknowledged as beautiful by the media and my peers.
Bodies like mine were either the butt of a joke or the "before" picture. That really stuck with me and made me feel like my body a) couldn't be taken seriously, and b) was a constant work in progress.
One of the reasons I became a style blogger was to show young girls like me that you can live a successful and happy life regardless of your size. Whenever I see anyone that resembles my body shape in the media, I become obsessed. Today, that obsession is plus-size artist Lizzo.