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College Student Becomes Viral Sensation And Hero With Bold Bikini Pic [Video]

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Lady Gaga gets all the credit for her body revolution campaign, but a New York College student had been a bolder advocate for body acceptance in recent months. Stella Boonshoft has become a viral hero thanks to her blog, in which she speaks frankly and powerfully about weight and body perception.

Boonshoft, who writes The Body Love Blog, recently made waves with an image of herself in a bikini on her Tumblr site, reports People. Yes, Boonshoft is a “bigger” girl, but that’s kind of the point behind the bold picture, and the reason that her courage has been celebrated.

“My body must be a revolution,” she wrote along with the photo, which was captioned, “Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. I am not going to stand for that. This is my body, not yours. MINE.”

Appearing on Tuesday’s Today show, Boonshoft explained her reasons for posting the photo.

“I think people are cruel because they are uncomfortable seeing an image of people who are not thin,” she said during the interview. “I found that after years of struggling with my body image that really there was no way to justify the bullying as a child and as a teen.”

Her cause has gone viral with over 2.4 million views on Facebook and 80,000 shares of her bikini photo on Tumblr. Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York project, is also giving Boonshoft a boost, using her bikini picture in a collection of street portraits across the city. Though the prospect terrified Boonshoft at first, she eventually accepted it.

“It took a lot of years of soul searching to decide this isn’t right,” she said on Today. “I finally came to a place where I was really happy with the way that I looked. I wanted to leave a message to the bullies who tormented me.”

Here’s Stella Boonshoft’s interview on Today:

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  2. Enda McElduff

    In this case I can't agree, this lady is overweight, we need to be careful in the strive to normalise bodily perception that we don't stray too far in the opposing direction. There is a clear causal relationship between significantly elevated BMI and waist to hip ratio with numerous morbidities, diabetes, cancer, hypertension etc. Some moderation is needed in the debate and a healthy middle ground promoted between the so called size 0 models and ladies on the other end of the spectrum.

  3. Enda McElduff

    I posted a fair and balanced reply to this article and it was deleted for some reason?

  4. Dusten Michael Carlson

    This? In this case I can't agree, this lady is overweight, we need to be careful in the strive to normalise bodily perception that we don't stray too far in the opposing direction. There is a clear causal relationship between significantly elevated BMI and waist to hip ratio with numerous morbidities, diabetes, cancer, hypertension etc. Some moderation is needed in the debate and a healthy middle ground promoted between the so called size 0 models and ladies on the other end of the spectrum.

    Still there.

  5. Dusten Michael Carlson

    Though in the video, Boonshoft specifically warns against the dangers of assuming health problems where they may not exist.

  6. Amy Morrish

    I'm glad she did this! Shows bigger girls we shouldn't be ashamed of ourselves and that you don't need to be skiinny to model or be in a bikini. Never made sense to me anyway on why people think its fine to be skinny in a bikini but if we are heavier set person, people find it disgusting. People are cruel in this world. Shouldn't matter if a person is t thin or fat, but to A LOT of people it does. I applaud this young lady, I could never have the courage to do this. Me being a bigger person, I don't like to take full body pictures or myself. It's usual from my chest up or just my face. WAY TO MAKE A STAND FOR US BIGGER LADIES Stella Boonshoft!

  7. Don Triche

    I applaude her for her efforts, but must agree with Enda's comments also. Obesity is the # 1 problem in America, the things it causes suchs as diabetes, hypertension, and other related illness are overweleming our health care system. I agree you should not have to be skinny but closer to what the chart says is healthy would be good.

  8. Jeff Conner

    I think shes very pretty and I dont agree with the posts about her health you can be a bit bigger and not have health issues being 5'5 and be 170lbs does not even compare to the models today that r5'9 and be 99 lbs thats more dangerous Im a nurse and have a wife that beat bulimia.

  9. Bri Willmon Smith

    I think she is very beautiful as well as brave for doing this. I myself am overweight and yes there are some health issues related. But EVERY individual body is different so what my question is who gives anyone the right to decide what body type should be "normalized"? I'm 5'7 and according to the BMI chart I am far into the overweight range. But that is just the way my genetics are. Granted I could eat better but my body rejects my insulin and stores it as fat. How is that my fault? My point is that if someone is overweight leave them alone. It has nothing to do with you. Just because we don't fit into your definition of beauty doesn't mean we aren't beautiful. Who is anyone to judge that?

  10. LeeandStacy Willmon

    You are beautiful baby, from the inside out, and are VERY much loved! Sometimes people forget that looks aren't all they're cracked up to be. You can be drop dead gorgeous on the outside, but if you're ugly on the inside it just ruins it all together. ~Step-Monster

  11. Amy E. DeBiase Peterson

    She didn't expect the world to see the picture SHE posted on the INTERNET?