Jes Portelli was waiting in the changing room line to try on her bikini, when a fellow customer loudly commented on her weight.
She promptly announced that “girls like Jess” shouldn’t choose to wear bikinis.
To Jes, this direct act of body shaming and harassment could have instantly brought tears to someone else’s eyes — someone who, in her words, finally got out there and grew the courage to wear a bikini.
The young woman chose to turn this negative experience into a greater good, and wrote an extremely powerful note on Facebook, aiming to empower women everywhere to embrace their bodies and inner confidence.
There are malicious people out there who will harass people about their age, weight, or physical appearance — but in those times, it’s so important to remember that they’re just bullies, and that nothing they say has anything to do with true beauty and self-worth.
Scroll further to read Jes’ heartwarming note, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
One of the most brutal things that social media users face today is cyberbullying.
This act of harassment can come in many forms, but one of the most harmful things we come across today is body shaming — prejudice based on a visual assessment of one’s physical appearance.
Just take it from Jes Portelli, who was trying on a bikini in a store’s changing room.
The 24-year-old Brighton, U.K. resident was waiting for her turn to try on a bikini, when another customer in the store made a comment about her size.
In response, Portelli wrote a note on Facebook, speaking about her experience, sharing a positive, empowering message to all the women out there.
“The girl at the store today said that ‘girls like me’ shouldn’t wear a bikini,” she started.
“Well, let me tell you something. I’m happy with myself, and [with] my big tummy with tiger stripes.
“But you could have said the same thing to the girl who finally got out there and had the courage to wear a bikini and you just killed her confidence with one stupid comment.”
“You can be any size and look good! Confidence is what makes you sexy, and not just being a [size 4]!
“Thank you for fat shaming me. Thanks to you I got an awesome discount on my bikini!
“Much love — fat, confident girl.”
Just as Portelli — and many other beautiful, strong women — said, size and body type in no way define who you are. It’s confidence that counts.
Please SHARE this young woman’s inspiring note with all the wonderful women in your life!