Leilani | Female, White, She/Her

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?

For me, body positivity is being comfortable in my own skin. Being able to look in the mirror and love where I’m at no matter what. I used to not like parts of my body, like my boobs (too small), my skin (not clear) and my concave chest. But I’ve grown to accept all these parts, and feel good about them now.

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

I think I used to be more self-conscious about my body; I was worried other people wouldn’t like me or find me attractive. Moving my body, feeling its power and grace, has helped me feel a greater sense of love for my body.

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

The imperfections are marvelous; they’re like little clues to the life we have lived.