Sometimes it’s hard to love our bodies, extra pounds and rolls included. It might feel like swimming against the whats-fashionable current, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The number of plus-sized models making it big in the fashion industry is on the rise. Successful plus-sized model and all-around inspiring diva Candice Huffine is making the rounds, sharing her body-positive posts to more than 160,000 instagram followers daily. She lives and breathes fashion, and knows a thing or two about loving her body in a world where no one’s happy with who they are.
THERE IS NO PERFECT BODY
Candice Huffine is a 32-year-old gorgeous model who’s been making a name for herself, posing for Vogue and Glamour and walking the runway at NY’s fashion week. But she’s also known for sharing snaps of her beautiful body in natural light, with barely any editing, (if anything at all,) and sharing her words of wisdom. Her pics are often decorated with body-positive statements that are as strong as this girl’s self-confidence. Her vision? To let women know we all have a body and they are all awesome. “There is no perfect body. The one you have right now is amazing” the supermodel shared on a snap.
BEAUTY IS REAL
But it wasn’t until recently that one of her social media posts went viral for the most body-positive of reasons. Candice uploaded an image about her gorgeous bod (hello rocking abs!) and the natural rolls she gets when she’s sitting down, despite working out hard. Sounds familiar?
She points out a major rotten truth we all experience when someone tries to compliment us. “How come when people say, ‘Wow, you look skinny,’ we say, ‘Thank you’?” she said. “How come people don’t ever say, ‘You look so fit,’ ‘Wow, you are so strong,’ or, ‘You run so fast and far now’? It’s always about size—not ability—and sometimes it overjoys us for someone to say we shrunk,” she aptly added.
THIS BODY WAS MADE FOR YOU
If you can take a lesson for Candice’s gorgeous Instagram shots and wisdom, is this: It took thousands of years and generations of ancestors falling in love to make you. Take a moment to awe at the marvel of genetics and history that made you.
STRENGTH AND HEALTH OVER SIZE
She adds, “My stomach can juggle and roll up when I sit for all of eternity, but if I can be healthy and strong and finish this race, then I’m complete.” Work to be healthy and strong, rather than a certain size. Healthy and strong is always sexier than deprived, and underfed.
MIND OVER MATTER
It’s all in your head. Adopt the ‘I am beautiful’ mindset and don’t let your rolls distract you from the beauty that you are. It’s time to let your inner beauty shine through and to stop focusing on every detail of your body that annoys you.
There are plenty of beautiful and inspiring women like Candice Huffice in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes and some of those women might be in your inner circle of friends, coworkers you never talk to before, or strangers that share this body-positive state of mind. Find and follow a role model that inspires you.
Cheesy as it sounds the saying “be yourself because everyone else is taken” is true. Enjoy your life and your body today because life is short, and you can’t spend every day hiding in a cave until you get the body you want. This one already does amazing things for you!
YOU CAN DO IT
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t do something because of your size. Candice Huffine was intimidated to start running because it looked like something reserved for the lean and mean athlete. Wrong! Anyone can run a marathon and you don’t need to have any other body than the one you have right now. “I don’t want anyone to discredit the hard work, amazingness, and strength of their body because it doesn’t look a certain way,” Candice shared.
YOU ARE SEXY, IF YOU FEEL SEXY
Confidence and positivity are the sexiest traits anyone can have. If you love your body, your body will love you right back. Your confidence is what makes you desirable and beautiful!