BP

Singer. Actress. Dreamer. Influencer.

Being ME
Where my journey began...
Sometimes I wish you could have met her:

The 21-year old version of me. 
Because if you and I had met two years ago, you would have known a completely different person. 

I grew up being called 'bigger'. I wasn't fat. I wasn't unhealthy. I was simply built differently. I have my dads broad shoulders, my grandmas wide hips, and thick thighs to even out my slim waist. I was built like an hourglass. Filled with more than most. 

As a teenager, who didn't understand that she could be pretty even with curves, I measured my worth by being able to fit in the jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch. Because after all, all of my friends could...so why couldn't I? Because from the time I was 12 years old, I was wearing double digit pant sizes. 

In my generation, there wasn't an understanding or even a remote acceptance that being a curvy girl was okay. There was no willingness to even comprehend that differenty body types were real and acceptable and often something that we don't control. 

But as I watched those around me and asked myself the hard questions, I realized something crazy.

The diets didn’t make me happy. The pills didn’t make me happy. The expectations didn’t make me happy. And the things that truly did make me happy? Becoming someone that I wasn't couldn't buy them. 

I was happiest when I wore a curve hugging black dress because it made me feel confident.
I was happiest when I wasn't eating salads every night because my favorite food is french fries. 
I was happiest when I wasn't starving myself because I had just started my next diet.
I was happiest when I wore a bikini, exposing every flaw and vulnerability, because that was REAL. 

So I decided to give it all up. The endless expectations. The fear of rejection.

For me, it was neither a risk nor a sacrifice. I simply gave up what was “supposed” to make me feel beautiful, for things that truly did.

Now I live a life of conscious simplicity. I enjoy a workout on the beach  when it fulfills my soul just as I do a bowl of tater tots and a salt rimmed margarita.

And today I have more freedom, more fun, more experiences, and a better life than I ever could have imagined.

So when I say that building your own contagiously happy life is a journey of overcoming + becoming, I understand this first hand.

And when I say that redefining beauty will transform your story in ways you’ll thank yourself for later, I can say that with confidence.

Because if there’s one thing I can promise you it’s this: All the “should dos” and the “have tos” will never actually lead you where you want to go.

But fighting for what matters to YOU most has the power to change everything.

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I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.
Adele