In the @grrrl_clothing film Beauty Is The Beast, @kortney_olson mentions women wearing shorts for the first time in 20 years as just one example of GRRRL’s impact. ✨I’m one of those women. One year ago today I posted this pic - my first @grrrl_clothing order had arrived and it included shorts and not just any shorts, either. These were shorts I bought to train in. ✨Just a few weeks before, I’d gone to an outdoor lifting event on a super hot day. All of the other female lifters were in shorts. I wasn’t. I didn’t think I could wear them. I didn’t think I deserved to wear them. And I didn’t think anyone should be subjected to seeing me in them.
✨In the previous year, I’d gotten back into lifting and started to shift my focus to how I was feeling, not just how I looked. Gradually (i.e., snail’s pace), I figured out that my size doesn’t define me nor is there anything wrong with my shape, structure or look. Body acceptance finally felt genuine and GRRRL was a huge influence on me, to the point I finally found the courage to buy and wear these shorts.
✨The path to body acceptance isn’t always a straight one (mine is a messed up roundabout). Sure, I trip up sometimes but I’ve gotten away from constantly apologizing for my size. I’ve embraced my body and what it can do. I’ve shifted focus to staying true to myself and choosing to be a part of a community that supports self love when staring down a world and many industries that thrive because of body shame and unrealistic and narrow definitions of beauty and strength.
✨This isn’t about a clothing line, it’s about a movement. I’m grateful for what it’s taught me and for what I know I will continue to learn. ✨And ok, I’m also grateful to not suffer in the heat on those hot days, too. Win-win, right?
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