The next time you look in the mirror, Simone Mariposa wants you to see the damn beautiful human being you are—and her mission of self-empowerment is taking off in a big, beautiful way.
Simone Mariposa is starting an army. They wear armor made of shiny lipgloss, thick thighs, and a self-assured disposition.
Call Simone fat and she’ll smile sweetly and respond with something like “That’s right” and “I slay.” Because words can only mean what you let them, and Simone allows no one but herself to define who she is. And she is something brilliant, to say the least.
It started when she saw someone being body-shamed on Twitter and knew it was time to make a paradigm shift. So she created a slogan:#WeWearWhatWeWant. It went viral, and so did she.
Here’s a group of cuties wearing whatever the heck they want in France:
Mariposa’s goal? To make a safe space for all plus-size women, to promote their self-confidence. She leads by example––some days she’ll besparkle her skin while wearing nothing but her favorite lingerie, other times she’ll flaunt her unrivaled strut in short-shorts and a striped crop top, letting the warm LA breeze tickle her skin.
Mariposa knows that fat-shaming is literally everywhere. But instead of trying to ignore these derogatory words, she has co-opted them by spinning their meaning into something of her own liking. Being “fat” is no longer a point of embarrassment, but one of celebration.
“The word fat is something that shaped my life and the journey that I have gone through. And it is a part of me. So to have that word on my social media is just to give a better representation of who I am.”
It’s not about promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. No, it’s about loving yourself in all moments of existence. It’s about being present for your challenges and giving yourself a pat on the back when you overcome them.
Your body. Your words. Your rules.
Rise up and share these good words.