Wednesday, November 2, 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BOPO BABE: CHOOSELIFEWARRIOR

Welcome to my new blog series! I will be going behind the selfie sticks, tripods, and self timers with some of my favorite body positive babes. I suspect if they're not your favorites yet, they will be soon!

Danielle, known as @chooselifewarrior is best known for, I think, breaking down eating disorder recovery stereotypes and fighting fatphobia. Dani found the body positive community when she started her Instagram page 3 years a go.

"I was first inspired by an account called @honorcurves and began posting about 6 months into having Chooselifewarrior. It initially started as a recovering eating disorder quote based account. It has evolved so many times and in so many ways since then. Before social media I didn't even know what body positivity was - I absolutely hated myself. Social Media and the ability to find women who empowered and inspired me was the changing moment."

I asked her how she came up with the name Choose Life Warrior; it makes such a powerful statement on it's own. "Choose Life Warrior is a really personal saying to me. When I had an eating disorder my best friend used to tell me to choose life by making sure I was talking to my support team, eating etc. I added the warrior mainly because fighting through an eating disorder makes you feel strong, powerful and like a warrior."

She is definitely a warrior and fighting through her eating disorder has translated into some radical self love. What are her tips to finding self love and body positivity? "Every day do something that makes you feel good, whatever that is. It can even just be having a food you love, or a shower. Always ask for help if you need it. Never be afraid to tell people if you can't do something if you are too busy. Practice self care every day, take care of yourself as if you're taking care of someone you love in your life. (Online,) follow people who empower you; also, follow people who perhaps push your thoughts and beliefs. Who and what I thought was radical 3 years ago is now so different. Surround your online apps and interaction with positive people who are truly body positive and inclusive. Offline make sure you are surrounding yourself with also body positive and positive people. People who want you to succeed, who believe in you and make you feel good and happy."


For her own personal self care, there's a few things she likes to indulge in - "Tea, my cat and curling up with a good movie is my recipe for self care. Mainly I take care of my self by allowing myself to step away from any commitments I can. Including CLW if I can. Getting to be by myself or just hang with my partner is bliss!"

Of course, we know that not every interaction with other humans is positive. The hate is something that's difficult to navigate for anyone who's putting out positive vibes and Dani is no different. "I'm still learning and trying to figure out how to deal with that to be honest. I sometimes block & delete. Reporting makes me feel in power when people are harassing me - mostly I am still trying to figure out how best to combat this really shitty part of social media. It's extremely hurtful. Growing up I have had some comments about my weight thrown in my face by people. I was never bullied for a substantial long time but however it is always be horrible to be picked on and harassed. People can be real dicks."

Luckily for all of us, she doesn't let the trolls affect her too much. "(Body positivity) is the spirit of who I am. I am now built up on an absolute respect and passion for complete self love, body positive and fat activism. (Being a part of this community) makes me feel supported, empowered and inspired! It is important for me to maintain my social media platforms because if one young girl looks at my account and feels happy, validated, understood and inspired I am doing the best change in the world I could hope to strive for."

When asked about the future of body positivity she is optimistic about it becoming more inclusive and shares that sentiment with her followers as well - "What I would like to see is less conversations around health and healthy because I feel it distracts from conversations around body image and body positivity and shifts the conversation into a place where there are parameters over who can/is more deserving of bopo. I love them (the community) and to the people who still feel under represented and unloved in the community - I see you and I promise you belong here too."

 Lightning Round

Favorite Happy Song?
  • At the moment I have been listening to How Will I Know by Whitney Houston - she and her music always makes me feel powerful and like I want to dance! 
What’s a movie that never gets old?

  • Gone with the Wind or The Sound of Music.

What’s a book you could read repeatedly?
  • On the Jellico Road by Melinda Marchetta. It is a young adult book I've loved since I was 15.
Favorite brick and mortar store?
  • I don't really have one - I enjoy online shopping a lot. I think if I had to say what store am I in most when I go shopping it is Kikki K. I am a stationary addict.
Favorite online store?
  • At the moment I could scroll through Asos for hours!
Favorite drink?
  • Water with strawberries or English Breakfast Tea.
Do you have any hobbies?
  • Decorating my planner and having Game Nights at my house with lots of friends.
If you were able to throw an over the top party for your birthday a la My Super Sweet 16, what would the theme be?
  • My 16th birthday kind of was a little over the top haha! Me and mum love to plan parties I had 40 people over and my mum turned our whole house into an Alice and Wonderland theme. I had helium balloons, created our long long hallway as a rabbit hole you had to walk through with a lot of decorations that were alice and wonderland themed. transformed our play room into a woodland forest. My mum even hired a rabbit suit LOL! I went as Alice of course but got to buy a formal blue dress. It was really fancy!

Until Next Time,
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