Patrick | Male, Latino, He/Him/His

What does “body positivity” mean to you? How has your body image changed over time? How does your body image play a role in your identity or even in your daily life?

Body positivity, to me, means thinking every part of a body can be seen as beautiful and normal. How I viewed my body definitely toyed with my self-confidence a lot. It caused me to question how I deserved to be seen or treated. My body image is something I am always cognisant of as I always feel like I want to be seen as beautiful.

How has body image affected your mental and emotional health? What’s something that helps you feel comfortable in your own skin?

Body image has caused me to lose confidence in myself and feel uncomfortable in certain settings. It has created a massive toll on my emotional health at times. Something that always makes me feel more comfortable is when I dress up really nicely and spend five minutes just checking myself out in the mirror.

Is there a specific message that you’d like to convey by participating in this project?

Anyone can be seen as beautiful.