I am: Guadalupe

My Story:

Growing up as an overweight kid, I’ve struggled with body acceptance my whole life.

 As a teenager, and now becoming a woman, I have finally gotten closer to accepting my body for what it is. I’m learning to love myself, after a lifetime of self-loathing.

My family are first generation Mexican immigrants, and a lot of pressure is put on me to establish a career to be able to support us all financially. I’m graduating from high school and looking forward to starting college and a career in the fashion industry.

My Film: The "F" Word

 

Synopsis:

“The average american woman is 5’4”, and weighs 140 lbs. The average American model is 5’11” and weighs 117 lbs.”

Guadalupe-Reel Lives

My film will explore the emotional struggles of growing up fat. I will speak to women with the same life experience who have grown up to overcome their body image personally and professionally. Because I love fashion and insist on a certain style for myself, I will challenge those who dictate what is an acceptable body type. I want to create an open dialogue about body image and make people aware that everyone has the right to feel good about themselves and that you can be successful no matter what you weigh.

 

Tags: Self-esteem, Courage, love

 

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