What do you do when you’re bombarded with hateful comments about your appearance? Well, if you’re this woman, you turn them into art.
Laura Delarato is a video producer for Refinery29, a plus size model and an advocate for body positivity. Her latest project? Finding ways to incorporate hurtful and demeaning comments from social media into her self-portraits.
The photos are often ones of her posing in either underwear or nude, proving that Delarato is comfortable in her skin, no matter what people have to say.
While the comments are at times used to censor parts of the photos (probably to fit within Instagram’s posting guidelines), they still make it clear that Delarato has nothing to hide.
when I look in the mirror, I see the ultimate hot as fuck #plussize dream girl who can squat 180lbs, deadlift 240lbs, warrior pose with the best of them, run a 8-10 minute mile, dresses like a champ, dates like a queen and who values kindness above all • • • comments and personal attacks like this come from an ignorant understanding of health, size, and the misconception that having a larger body means you can't take care of yourself. • • • There is a lot of thin privilege in posting a food photo, eating in public, or just being confident — because if you're plus size, those simple moments are under scrutiny • • • Sadly, people still ask me if I ate junk food as a kid, if I workout, if I know my top is sheer, or where I get my confidence from. Answers: No…my grandmother would kill me, 5 days a week plus I'm a Getty Image fitness model, yes…sheer is life, and from the confidence store right on Go Fuck Yourself street • • • next time you want to come at me with some comment about my health, go to school, get your medical degree, start a practice, call me for a check up, and tell me that I need more sunlight because vitamin D deficiency is the only health problem I currently face • • • if you don't see me the way I see myself then that is tragic for you. XOXOXOX, your goddamn dream girl 🖤
“Comments and personal attacks like this come from an ignorant understanding of health, size, and the that having a larger body means you can’t take care of yourself,” Delarato wrote on her Instagram.
She also did a similar project in the past using rude comments people made via messenger.
Honestly? Fuck the haters. I don’t know why people feel the need to tear others down and share their opinions on things that aren’t any of their concern, but it really needs to stop. No one is helping anyone by making unnecessary comments about someone’s body type or appearance — if anything, it’s only hurting people.
So yeah, props to Delarato for finding a productive way to take something terrible and turn it into art. Keep slaying, girl.