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#LoveYourBodyMORA x People Magazine’s #ShareYourSize

#LoveYourBodyMORA x People Magazine’s #ShareYourSize

With model Ashley Graham making waves when it comes to real women and real bodies, and with People Magazine having launched their #ShareYourSize campaign this past summer, I really began thinking about women, our bodies, and how we look at ourselves. (Full disclosure: I’ve been extremely hard on myself in regards to my body lately.) And thanks to the chatter about body image, here we are: the first of many posts of #LoveYourBodyMORA!

How could I tell you to #LoveYourBodyMORA without showcasing some amazing ladies and their personal journeys with their bodies?!

I called on some of my favorite ladies working in the industry to share their stories and, thanks to People Mag, share their size! No matter what size you are, we all have insecurities and can all learn a thing or two in loving ourselves and our bodies. 

Thank you to my amazing babes who made this a little easier to share! You are my #WCW today and everyday.

Let’s get this convo moving and shaking! Below you’ll find our answers, but we want to know how YOU #LoveYourBodyMORA! Yes fellas, this means you can participate too! Join the campaign by taking a picture displaying your  size (like we all have) and write a little blurb about what you love about your body. You can submit to be featured on our next post here (please include your social media handles) AND/OR upload your photo to Instagram/Twitter/Our Facebook Page and write what you love about your body. Don’t forget to hashtag #GiveMeMora #LoveYourBodyMORA and #ShareYourSize! We will be clicking through and saving your submissions for a very special post. 

Here we go! No filter, no photoshop!

Cassandra Scerbo, Actress & Activist

Cassie ScerboWhat I love most about my body…

My booty!

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

When I haven’t kept up with my work outs and eating healthy, my body can tend to change pretty quickly. Being that I’m a more petite woman, my frame is able to completely change in one week. I notice myself feeling less confident and taking way longer to sort out an outfit for the night!

I feel sexiest wearing…

A big sweater and boy shorts around my house. I love feeling cozy.

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

PIZZA!

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

Embracing my curves. I’m an Italian girl, and most females of my culture aren’t bone thin. However, I love this about my body. I feel I’ve definitely learned how to embrace my curves as I’ve grown into a woman.

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? 

Absolutely. Especially in the industry I’m in. I played a gymnast for years on Freeform, and being in a leotard all the time was definitely something I wasn’t used to. Knowing that millions of people would be tuning in each week watching us girls in barely nothing took a lot of work. We had to really watch our diets and training, as well as learning to just be confident and own our shapes.

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

I’ve been more stereotyped than bullied. Stereotyping is unfortunately a very natural thing. However, as long as you know who you are and are comfortable in your skin that’s all that really matters.

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…

Population-wise, the world would be aesthetically very boring if we all looked the same. I think curves are gorgeous and your body is what makes you unique. It makes you YOU. I feel like beauty is way more than skin deep, it’s how you carry yourself. The way you carry yourself is ultimately the way people will perceive you. Confidence is the best accessory a woman can wear.

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Josie Loren, Actress & Law Student

Josie LorenWhat I love most about my body…
I love my legs the most because they’re the biggest part of my body. Being a smaller person makes me appreciate that part of my body that’s thicker than the rest. My legs are strong, toned, and they make me feel capable. Also, I get my legs from my pops, which is what I love the most considering my dad passed three years ago. If I ever get a compliment on my legs I say, “thanks, they’re a gift from my dad.”
What makes me feel insecure about my body…
I feel most insecure about my size. I’m small, and sometimes it just makes me feel younger than I am. I admire the more voluptuous women who wear their womanhood in their hips, their breasts, their thighs. At times I wish I was more like that – curvy, taller, and more to handle.
I feel sexiest wearing…
A tight, little pencil skirt or dress below the knees with a bad ass pair of heels. You will usually find me in sweats and flip-flops, but I love the refined, sophisticated look that a perfectly tailored dress that falls right below the knees gives a woman. 
If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…
Wine. Kidding…but not really. It would probably be a toss up between pizza and macaroni and cheese, or just cheese in general. I’m obsessed with cheese (and wine)!!!
I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…
Reminding myself to peek behind the curtain at the reality behind the facade. Hollywood has so many tricks up its sleeve to make something or someone look beautiful – makeup, photoshop, lighting. The list can go on forever. I feel fortunate that I’ve been a part of this industry and know the time and village that it takes to make a celebrity look the way they do. Every time I see a picture in a magazine of a woman who makes me feel insecure because she’s perfect, I remind myself that no one is perfect and hours, maybe even days, went into creating the image I see in that magazine.
Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?
Lately I’ve been feeling more pressure to put on weight in an effort to look thicker and curvier. A plump, apple bottom with perfectly tailored hips is the current, popular body type. More and more women like Sofia Vergara and Beyonce are defining beauty nowadays, and that’s great! It’s about time! In some ways, however, I feel it’s shamed women like me, who can’t put on weight if their life depended on it, and will forever be 5’2” 105lbs. I know. I know. Woe is me. But seriously…does there have to be a definition of beautiful? Can’t beauty be left to the eye of the beholder? I’m never going to be 5’9” with an hour glass figure. For the love of all that is holy, my pediatrician told me at age 10 that I was going to have to have c-sections because my hips are too narrow to handle natural childbirth. Obviously back then, I just looked at him like he had a gargoyle growing out of his forehead and shrugged it off like “whatever dude.” Now, with all the saturation of “big and beautiful” in the media, it makes me wonder if there is such thing as too small, and if being small negates being beautiful.
Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?
That’s like asking me if I’ve ever eaten pizza. Yes. A thousand times. Yes.
 
I went to a public middle school that didn’t have a uniform policy. My mom was working for a school board member at the time, who was trying to make uniforms mandatory throughout the Miami-Dade public school system. She wanted to make me an “example” (like my skort was going to inspire others to skort with me???), so she made me wear uniforms to a school where every student wore their regular clothes. Thanks Mom. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I wasn’t allowed to shave till 7th grade, September 24th of 7th grade to be exact. I remember the day because that’s how monumental it was for me. Up until then I was forced to wear uniforms, which consisted only of skirts and skorts, that exposed my hairy legs. How bad could it be you ask?Listen, I may live in Manhattan Beach where the kids are tanned, blue eyed, and so blonde you can’t see their eyebrows, but I’m born and raised in Miami, and I’m Cuban, which means I’m hairy AF. There’s nothing subtle about Cubans either, even our hair is loud and proud. Under my uniform skirt was some jet black, hairy legs. It was bad. To top it off, my abuela saw some news story that our backpacks would turn us into Quasimodo, so a few months after I started middle school they swapped out my unassuming backpack, with a rolling one. Solid. People came up with mean nicknames and would yell them in the halls or on the bus on the way home from school. I would always catch people laughing and pointing, or whispering. I hated the whispering the most. If you’re going to be an asshole, be an upfront asshole. 
 
Middle school wasn’t easy, but it taught me a lot about people, what it means to love yourself, and be a good human. 
The best advice I can give you on loving your body…
Embrace it for all that it is – the good, the bad, and the ugly. There is nothing sexier and more attractive than a person who is comfortable in their own skin, who has accepted the body they came in. I don’t think this necessarily means that you have no insecurities. Those thoughts are natural, but I strive to accept that I might be a little insecure about this or that. Hopefully, acceptance is the first step. Love comes second.

Ashley Alexander, Model & On-Camera Personality

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What I love most about my body…

Physically nothing. But I have always loved the female body – just not mine. I think I am learning to like my body since my pregnancy. It’s unreal what the female body is capable of. We create life!!! That in itself is out of this world. In my eyes, the female body is like a unicorn…rare, magical, loved for its beauty and uniqueness no matter size, shape or color. I am learning to love my own body.

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

My legs and sometimes my whole body since I had my daughter! I want to be perfect, but what is perfection?!? I strive to be the best version of myself and lead a healthy life style along with working out to help make me feel better about my insecurities. 

I feel sexiest wearing…

I don’t really know?! I would say a T-shirt and jeans but that’s a lie and definitely not lingerie… I would say I feel the sexiest with a great blow out and tan! 

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

Cookie cakes, brownies,  biscuits and jam, pancakes and bread and more cookies!

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

One day at a time. Focusing on myself and not trying to compare. As women we need to stick together and not compare our bodies but love our bodies for their differences. We have to start empowering each other.

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?

Of course! Everyday! There will always be someone younger, skinner, and prettier. 

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

Buck tooth beaver and chunks weren’t names I enjoyed being called, but when I was in school there wasn’t so much bullying going on. Maybe name calling here or there but that was it.

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…

Taking care of YOUR body is the first step. Your body is a machine. It needs the right fuel to keep the engine running. Once your start taking care of your body from the inside out – eating right, drinking lots of water and limiting sugar and alcohol, daily exercise – eventually you’ll start to feel good and when you feel good you tend to have a more positive out look on things. Appreciate all your body does and LOVE it or learn to #LoveYourBodyMORA ! At the end of the day all we have is our health. 

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Lauren Barnette, On-Camera Personality

lauren-barnetteWhat I love most about my body…
My curves. And some of you may look at me and say, “Curves?” My answer to you, “YES! MY CURVES!” They offer me a sense of femininity. They allow me to feel sexy. They embody the essence of a female. After all, curves are the absolute epitome of a woman. 
What makes me feel insecure about my body…
When I have an acne breakout. When my skin isn’t clear, it throws off my entire internal peace. And I feel a strong urge to use more concealer to hide it, which we all know never works. It’s a lose-lose! 
I feel sexiest wearing…
Dark denim jeans and a white tee, always with my hair up in a messy bun. 
If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…
Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts, when the “Hot Now” sign is blaring in red! 
I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…
Fostering and developing a strong internal peace. While I’m well aware that our external beauty is heavily judged, I’m even more aware of my internal beauty. And I know, that regardless of the amount of serums I use or anti-aging product I purchase, my external appearance is fleeting. But internally, that beauty can only evolve more graciously and shine brighter with time. 
Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?  
As a has-been beauty queen, 100% yes! In the pageant world you are expected to be on-point, always, no questions asked. The pressure to achieve “perfection” can be quite overwhelming. Let me fill you in on a BIG secret–perfection doesn’t exist! And thank God! How boring would that be? I’m at total peace with my perfectly, imperfect self. 
Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look? 
Thankfully, no.
The best advice I can give you on loving your body…
Don’t compare your body, your weight, your size or yourself to anyone else. Focus on being the best version of YOU, externally and internally. 

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Milana Nikkie, On-Camera Personality & Producer

MilanaWhat I love most about my body… 

I love that I’m petite & a little curvy. 

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

Since I’m so adamant about keeping my booty nice & plump, I can’t really afford to lose weight in my legs, so I’m often insecure about my thighs. 

I feel sexiest wearing…

Knee-high boots.

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

Sushi! 

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

Being confident in my body, understanding what is physically possible for my body to look like (without plastic surgery), and accepting all aspects of my body. Working out and eating right in order to be be healthy first. 

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?

I think everyone has felt the pressure to look a certain way. In the past few years, the standard of beauty has changed to a nearly impossible figure. Large breasts & butt, with no waist and thin legs is considered the ideal body nowadays. Obviously, I’ve had moments where I’ve desired this body as well but I understand that for me to have this image, it would require plastic surgery, as most celebrities have turned to. 

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

Not necessarily bullied but people have definitely made jokes about my height. However, I don’t allow these comments to alter the way I feel about myself. I love my petite body and I’m super confident in myself.  I’m short but I walk tall. 

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…

Is one of my favorite quotes from the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, “to all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly.” 

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Nic Mora, On-Camera Personality & Blogger

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What I love most about my body…

My butt and my small waist. I’m with you all on journey to #LoveYourBodyMORA 😉

What makes me feel insecure about my body…
 Right now, everything. Seriously. I gained over 10lbs due to an injury last year and just recently dropped the weight plus a little more, so I’m not really used to the body I currently I have. My legs and hips have always been my biggest insecurities – I HATE showing my legs. Real talk, I am more insecure about my body right now at a size 4 (sometimes a 2) than I was when I was at a size 6.
 
I feel sexiest wearing…
Tight jeans, an open back top and heels! Red lipstick and a choker always helps too. But on days I don’t feel sexy in any type of clothing: makeup and a good blowout! 
 
If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…
FRENCH FRIES! No brainer.
 
I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…
Doing things that make me feel more confident about my body like working out and eating as healthy as I can. I have to remind myself that I might not be not built to be a size 0 and that’s totally okay! I try to focus on being the best version of me every day. I work really hard for this body so I constantly have to remember to be thankful for it.
 
Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? 
ALL the time! I go up against girls that are super models every single day. It’s hard. I don’t look like that and I never will. I’ve had industry executives comment on my weight and tell me that the camera adds 10lbs – I’m well aware, thanks! I’ve had stylists not come prepared with something in my size! I’ve never really been bigger than a size 6 so the fact that there were limited options for a “normal” sized girl is a problem. To say it’s rough is an understatement and it has given me major body dysmorphia!
 
Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?
Totally. When I was younger, I got made fun of for having a mole (little did I know that would one day make me different). I was also a chubby kid growing up so people definitely made mean comments but I don’t know if I would call it “bullying.” Unfortunately, I think I’ll always have a bit of that “fat kid” mentality – it’s never completely left me!
 
The best advice I can give you on loving your body…
Take it day by day. Right now, there are more days where I hate my body than days I love it. It helps to remind yourself that as long as you are good to your body (being healthy), your body will be good to you. Play up the things you love about your features and shake what ya mama gave ya, honey!

Jossie Ochoa, On-Camera Personality & Activist

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What I love most about my body…

My legs

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

My little stomach pouch, and arms (when I’m out of shape they are the first to grow)!

I feel sexiest wearing…

Tank tops, shorts and amazing heels!

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

Tacos!

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

Reminding myself that I will never have the “perfect” body in other people’s eyes and I have to love me for me. I also try to have a balanced diet and drink a lot of water. When I feel guilty, I drink a lot of green tea!

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?

Yes of course. I feel pressured to always be in shape, especially with the recent fitness craze going around (PS – I dread working out). Also, being a model requires you to always be in shape!

When I compete in pageants they always want you to look “toned” so if I wasn’t creating muscle I felt very pressured to produce something my body just wouldn’t produce. It was especially frustrating because you’re in competition mode and beat yourself down. I felt like my butt, abs, and arms all had to look a certain way in order to meet their “criteria.”

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

Yes. I’ve been bullied for all sorts of things- being too skinny was one. Other times I’d be compared to my friends or colleagues who had bigger “features” and people would try to put me down for not having a big butt, or large breasts… it’s a LATINA thing.

Shortly after one of my pageants, I went to Guatemala as part of my non-profit initiative, Mision Guatemala, and through my work with underprivileged children there, I was reminded that beauty had so much more to do with what’s on the inside than what people want to judge on the outside. It was after returning from Guatemala that I decided to start reminding myself daily that there’s so much more to who I am as a person than what’s on the outside, and what people want to say shouldn’t ever knock me down like that.

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…

Compliment yourself! Look at yourself everyday in the mirror and say “Oh yeah!”

Feel confident with how you look, no matter how small or large.  We all have different bodies and shapes so just remember to love yourself no matter what everyone around you looks like, or what they try to say about how you look. How you feel inside will always reflect on your outside! Confidence is key!

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Jessica Flores, Radio Personality

Jessica FloresWhat I love most about my body…
My curves/ waistline!
What makes me feel insecure about my body…
Sometimes when I don’t feel toned, especially lower stomach and legs!
 
I feel sexiest wearing…
High-waisted jeans and a crop top.
 
If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…
Bean and cheese burritos all day!
 
I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…
Reminding myself that I eat clean because I want to stay healthy, and keep my energy levels up by watching what I put into my body. I also look up to curvy Latinas like J Lo and Selena which make me proud of my natural bodies aesthetic:)
 
Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?
Of course! Which girl hasn’t?! When I was younger (12-15) I was the curvy girl of my friend group. I also hop on social media platforms and see perfectly shaped girls every single day. I remind myself that it’s all about being confident in myself and shining on the inside first. It’s inner beauty that TRULY shines brighter…I promise. 
 
Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?
YES! Elementary school was horrible for me. I was the only Latina in my class and I remember feeling different, coming from two immigrant parents. I felt pressured to look like everyone else. Little did I know it was my differences that made me beautiful.
 
The best advice I can give you on loving your body…
Work with what you have! Everyone is beautiful. Everyone’s vision of beautiful is different, so accept yourself, form HEALTHY habits to feel good, and never EVER compare yourself to someone else. We are ALL self-conscious in one way or another, sometimes we just don’t admit it :)

Melissa Ronnie, Fashion Blogger

mel-ronnie-nic-mora-collab-photoWhat I love most about my body…

My legs

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

My stomach

I feel sexiest wearing…

A short flowy dress

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

Sushi! No question.

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

Focusing on what I love about my own body instead of what I don’t. Also, by reminding myself that the images of women we see on screen and in magazines are almost always heavily retouched, and even if not, those faces and bodies are not necessarily ideal.

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? 

Luckily because I have been doing my own shoots, even when they are sponsored by other brands, I haven’t experienced direct pressure from them to be a certain size or look a certain way, but I sometimes feel like I won’t get selected for certain partnerships etc. if I don’t fit their “perfect” standards.

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

I had the thickest and frizziest hair growing up and definitely got made fun of for it!

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…

Shut down every negative thought that comes through your head about yourself and replace it with a positive affirmation instead.

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Ramona Saviss, Editor

ramonaWhat I love most about my body…

Its strength.

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

My “fat” arms and how my right arm is a whole inch bigger than my left! 

I feel sexiest wearing…

Lingerie

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

This is a tough one! I have an insane sweet tooth so I’d have to say chocolate covered strawberries or French macarons.

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

Being confident in who I am and what I’ve accomplished, and that what I look like comes second. I also don’t use apps that alter my image and support women and companies who do the same. 

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? 

When being asked to be on camera there is definitely a pressure to look beautiful but not too sexy, pretty but not too exotic, curvy but not fat, and thin but not too athletic. It’s a fine balance. I find it difficult working in my industry at a young age and being taken seriously, while simultaneously acknowledging that looks do play a key role in the media and for the wider public. 

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

I’ve been outcasted my whole life for looking different than others within my tight-knit cultural community. From my earliest memories I could remember always being known as the girl with the light eyes, and for a long time I resented it. I felt like I had a lot more to offer, but people would only see me for my eyes. After many years of reflection I have learned that because of my unique looks, I gravitated toward other “outcasts” within my community, which is really a beautiful thing. Later in life I figured out that sunglasses are key and to use my “different” looks to my advantage to become more fearless and break even more boundaries. More specifically, I remember that when in fifth or sixth grade I would be taunted by a classmate about my bushy eyebrows and long eyelashes… So much that I vividly remember going home and cutting my lashes on one side! Thankfully it’s all grown back now and I wouldn’t trade my eyes, brows, or lashes for anything in the world.

I’ve also been bullied about my weight. Growing up I was always the chubby kid until about age 12. I resented the fact that wasn’t able to shop at stores for pre-teens since at a certain point they didn’t carry my size. It made me feel horrible about myself… I also hated the summertime because I dreaded wearing bikinis and it wasn’t until I picked up sports and joined Weight Watchers as a pre-teen that I realized I was not the only one. It was a very lonely and personal experience especially because all my friends and family were “normal” skinny kids… all except for one of my cousins in particular who joined me on this weight loss journey (for life!), which for us started at a very young age.

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…

Beauty truly comes from within and when you love yourself and radiate positivity and good vibes it transcends looks. The body is a powerful machine and strong is truly the new beautiful! Let’s be real– loving your body is easier said than done, but realizing that everyone has flaws (minus ALL the filters and editing) is what makes us all unique and genuinely beautiful.

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Parisa Shaban, Model & Actress

Parisa ShabanWhat I love most about my body…
My curves
What makes me feel insecure about my body…
My cellulite
I feel sexiest wearing…
Anything lace!
If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…
Nutella! YUM
I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…
Practicing positive self talk and body positivity and by reminding myself and others that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. 
Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? 
When I started out acting, I would often go into auditions and compare myself to other actors auditioning for the same role. When I wouldn’t book things, I would automatically blame it on being a bigger size than everyone else or looking too ethnic. I had an eye opening experience one time during an audition. The role was for lead girls in a music video. Wardrobe indicated we should dress casually with flats or sneakers. I walked into the audition room with 5 beautiful girls. They all had straight blonde hair, a straight physique, about 5’9″ AND they were all wearing heels. I, on the hand, was sporting curly brown hair, curves, converse shoes and I was only 5’5″. I looked around me and my confidence plummeted to a 0/10 and it showed. I was actually disappointed in why they called me in to audition for the role if they were clearly looking for a blonde supermodel. After the audition, the casting director took me aside and told me that they wanted to choose me for the role because of my unique look, but I lacked so much in the confidence department that they decided not to. She scolded me that day and taught me to never compare myself to others. 
That didn’t completely stop the pressure of looking a certain way. I would often watch movies, TV and commercials and look for people that looked like me. I was always discouraged thinking that maybe I’m not meant to do this. I would often think, maybe if I lost some more weight. I would keep on postponing getting new headshots until I reached a certain weight. I thought that once I hit that goal weight my whole life would be different. I would book things. I would be happier. I would feel more loved. I would finally be who I was supposed to be. I kept convincing myself that I would love myself when I had the perfect body. And then I would find some other flaw to obsess over.  Constantly striving for perfection was exhausting. I couldn’t spend the rest of my life hating myself and at war with my body. 
This year I made the conscious decision to embrace my body, accept myself and love myself at my current size. It was something I decided to consciously focus on. I would stop myself when I was thinking negative thoughts about myself. I stopped dieting and worrying about what other people thought of me. I decided that this is me and I will focus on what I like about myself and my body instead of obsessing over every little flaw. I decided to start doing things that I was postponing until I reached a certain weight. I finally got new headshots and it was so liberating. For the first time I am being my authentic self. It’s definitely hard learning how to #LoveYourBodyMORA ! Right now, I am the biggest I’ve ever been, and the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been. I am getting auditions. I’m booking things. And my surroundings accept me, because I accept me. 
Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?
Yes. All my life. But all that bullying made me sensitive to other people’s feelings and insecurities. I went through it, and now I’m trying to be a voice of self love and acceptance for others. I’m trying to be that positive role model I never had.
The best advice I can give you on loving your body…
It’s a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight. We are so programmed to find our own flaws and hate ourselves for it. Our society thrives on making women and men feel insecure so they can hop on the next fad diet, cleanse, or whatever they’re trying to sell. Once you decide that you accept yourself the way you are, it gets harder for these industries to get under your skin and make you feel less than. Body positivity comes from practicing positive and healthy thoughts. Everyone has dark days and days of bad body image, but it’s important to remember that you are more than a size or a number on the scale. Happiness is not determined by a number. These “flaws” are actually what make you so unique and beautiful. If we all looked the same, the world would be such a mundane place. I once heard a quote that really resonated with me, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.” I feel that once one let’s go of that image of perfection they are trying to reach, they will embrace who they are and realize that they were perfect all along

Jeannette Ceja, Entertainment & Travel Reporter

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What I love most about my body…

My smile, my curves and my boobs! I have had them since I was 14 years-old. I use to feel insecure when people ( mostly guys) would look at them- so I would wear turtle necks or long cover until during high school. But then I began to not care and just embraced all of my womanly curves.

What makes me feel insecure about my body…

Nothing, I love truly am at the point where I love my body. Of course- I still want to be more flexible and lean as there’s always room for improvement. But I love my body. I strive to always be more healthy from the inside out. I have never smoked in my life and I rarely drink alcohol anymore. I make sure I get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

I feel sexiest wearing…

Dresses or cute pajamas

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

One thing only? Mexican food. I would die happy if I ate Mexican food every day.

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…

Self-love, knowing beauty is truly inner deep. Also, I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think all body’s are different and just as beautiful.

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? 

No, I haven’t felt pressure to change. And if I were, I would not change myself. I want to be the best version of myself- but for me.

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?

No

The best advice I can give you on loving your body… 

Embrace your body. Focus on what you love most about your body. Always work to improve to be the healthiest version you can be.  Don’t look at magazines and think it’s all real. And don’t compare your body to any one else. We were all built differently on purpose- unique is beautiful. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

& that’s a wrap! We can’t wait to see how you #LoveYourBodyMORA all over social media! I can’t thank you all enough for all the support. This campaign means so much to me. 
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