A North Carolina radio producer isn’t letting her size or other people’s opinions stop her from busting a move.
Whitney Way Thore’s series of videos, “A Fat Girl Dancing” has gone viral in recent months thanks to her snazzy moves. The videos feature her dancing to songs by Robin Thicke, the Pussy Cat Dolls and others. They have received thousands of views on YouTube so far.
She is now using her newfound popularity to spread the word on her campaign.
“I had the idea for No Body Shame Campaign after I posted photos of myself from a boudoir shoot,” Thore told DailyVenus Diva. “While many response were positive, there was a whoooole lotta fat-shaming going on! I started blogging really just for therapy.”
The videos were thought up in part by her 1075 KZL co-worker at the “Jared and Katie in the Morning” show, Jared Pike.
Thore recently uploaded a dance video on Facebook, which led to more than 150,000 shares, according to her website.
Her love for music came early in life. When she was 16, Thore was teaching others how to dance, but weight gain took a toll on her confidence.
“Unable to face my reflection, I failed out of dance class my first semester,” she told the Huffington Post in an email. “By the time I graduated college, been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, moved to Korea, and gained 200 pounds, I was finally able to dance socially, at a club or party, but never dreamed I would take a class or perform publicly ever again.”
Now she is dedicated to supporting other women in freeing themselves of body shame.
“I am learning to practice aggressive self-love,” she writes on her website. “I have lived my life as a 130-pound woman and as a 350-pound woman in North America, in Europe, and in Asia. Cultural norms, societal pressures, and the whims of the fashion industry do not define my worth as woman or a human being.”
Sources: Huffington Post, Daily Venus Diva, No Body Shame Campaign