“Society has turned the word ‘fat’ into a synonym for ‘ugly,’ but that’s not what ‘fat means’. ‘Fat’ just means ‘fat.’ I’m 5’3″, so I call myself short. I’m married, so I call myself a wife. I weigh 240lbs, so I call myself fat. And I am beautiful, so I call myself beautiful. And I am all of those things at once.”
Lillian Bustle is a burlesque dancer, who has learned to love her body by artistically undressing on stage.
In her stunning TED Talk, Bustle discusses her own struggles with body image, and how she learned to love herself and her body. She delves into issues of discrimination, and stresses that body image is something that affects all women, regardless of age, race, sexuality or sexual identity. She notes that studies have shown that the top wish among girls aged 11-17 is to be thinner, and that there is now a significant increase in eating disorders amongst trans people, women of color, and elderly people.