By Julie Redwood
We normally hear of how great people feel when they’ve lost weight but less about gaining weight. Believe it or not, gaining weight can be a freeing experience, especially when you’ve struggled to maintain a sense of what society deems as beautiful. Letting go of what you’re supposed to be and embracing who you are is a feeling like no other. At the end of the day, when you feel beautiful on the inside, no one can tell you any different.
Tokyo-born, Naomi Shimada is a plus-size model who is no stranger to feeling the tug of losing weight from others around her. Having grown up in London with a dad who works in the vintage fashion industry, she was immediately scouted as a teenager because of her svelte figure, but when she started transitioning into a womanhood, curves and weight gain took over. As a result, she was pressured into getting skinny again.
After coming back to modeling after a hiatus, she decided to give it another go. Again, the pressure was there but she never wanted to be “that girl,” the one living unhealthy to maintain a lean figure. Now that she is a plus-size model, dieting is out of the question. Feeding her soul and her body gets to be part of her job. At the end of the day, she is happier than ever before.
Naomi has a magnetic personality and her beautiful transcends the above video. After being forced to be something she’s realized that living life to maintain what isn’t natural to her body isn’t really living at all.
Have you ever dieted before to keep a certain “look.” Tell us about a time that you felt like you were being pushed to be something that you weren’t? Have you broken the barriers to live a happier life or are you still struggling to be your true self? We’d like to hear your stories below! Share this story with someone you know!