Being a teenager is tough. Being a fat teenager is even harder. Paris Harvey knows this to be true because, unfortunately, she was born with a metabolic condition that makes her gain weight easily. Like many other kids in school, Paris has experienced bullying because of this, but decided to take matters into her own hands. Take notes from the inspirational way in which this strong and amazing teenager stood up to her bullies in the most unimaginable way.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
From Kent, London, 13-year-old Paris Harvey is not just another schoolgirl. This adorable teenager struggles day to day with a metabolic condition that causes her incontrollable weight changes.
ON METABOLIC CONDITION
One of the reasons why Paris gains so much weight is because of her metabolic condition. She can eat the same food as the person next to her, but she would be the only one putting on weight—it’s hard to control and it’s so frustrating for her.
ON THE HIP
Besides having her metabolism as her worst enemy, Paris suffers from hip dysplasia, causing her hip problems that don’t allow her to walk normal. Her left foot is 1.5 cm shorter and she has pins in her joints, making her waddle her way through life. But don’t let her disability fool you! She’s still a resilient and body-positive lioness!
SHE’S NOT BULLYFOOL, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL
Her two conditions have been causing people around her to call her ugly names and to compare her to penguins because of her way of walking. People can be really harsh if others don’t comply with media-imposed beauty standards—which have nothing to do with the real concept of beauty, BTW.
A BLOW BELOW THE BELT
Being fat-shamed, especially when you’re still growing up, can be a blow below the belt for your self-esteem. All the names Paris was called boosted her insecurities about how she looked, making her feel bad about her own body. But there comes a time in every girl’s life when you finally say, “enough is enough.”
Paris did feel bad about the bullying she got, but decided to do something to face her biggest fears: be seen in public with her swimsuit on. So she put it on and head to the beach to embrace the way she looks. After all, we’re all bikini body ready! You got a body? Put on a bikini and to hell with stares!
Not only did she look amazing on her swimsuit, but she also posted about it on Twitter. Her pictures went viral and she got a lot of support that helped validate her decision of fighting for who she is.
HATERS GONNA HATE
Of course her Twitter posts caused some controversial debates about her pictures promoting obesity. We know she is still going to be looked down on for her weight. And everyone knows people are gonna stare at her swimsuit. The key is not letting haters affect you with their hate. The sun is shining bright, and it’s up to you to enjoy every sun ray!
ONE LOVE FITS ALL
Paris became a sort of role model for other social media users who got access to her pics. This adorable 13-year-old has proven an important lesson to share with the world: it doesn’t really matter what your size is, loving and respecting your body is what counts.
A DISH BEST SERVED COLD
Paris Harvey stood up to her bullies in a way she could profit from, too. She showed them nothing they said could stop her from showing her true self to the world, all while enjoying a fun day at the beach embracing her body.