Plus-Size Model Olivia Campbell Gets Emotional in Video About Self-Image

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 8:54 PM

I'm fat. Like, I'm fat," Olivia Campbell said in StyleLikeU'south video titled "I'm Not Curvy, I'm Fat," hitting her thighs to emphasize her point.

Plus-Size Model Olivia Campbell Gets Emotional in Video About Self-Image

One plus-size British model wants to get the shame out of the word "fat."

"For me, fat'south not a horrible thing. I'm fat. Like, I'm fat," Olivia Campbell said in StyleLikeU'south video titled "I'm Not Curvy, I'm Fat," hitting her thighs to emphasize her point. "It'south just a descriptive word."

Campbell, a single mother, strips down to her underwear in one of the latest videos in StyleLikeU'south empowerment series titled, "The What'south Underneath Project." The seven-year-old video series tries to crack down society'south notions of fashion and beauty, founder Elisa Goodkind told ABC News.

Speaking of Campbell, Goodkind said: "She'south the very example of a person who's dealt with a lot of adversity and it ended up becoming her strength. She turned something that created a tremendous quantity of suffering for her and she'south redefined the beauty standard."

In the video, Campbell shared how long it took her to become comfortable with her body and the word fat.

"For years, it was possibly the worst thing you could declare to me," the model said to the camera. "Why's it such a horrible word? How dare you be overweight and happy?"

Campbell added that she "cried for years" and spent many of those years believing she "was worthless and useless."

Campbell also shared that she endured racist and sexual harassment remarks during her childhood, causing her to "quit school" at age fifteen. She even contemplated suicide during her darkest moments.

The model said "it took a long time" to become pleased of her body.

"I'm pleased with my body, I'm pleased with my madness," she concluded. "That'south all I can ask for really."

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