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Kelsey’s Story – Body Diversity

This is the fifth installment of the Body Diversity Stories from the models who participated in the Social Outreach Seattle Body Diversity Project.  Meet Kelsey Hart.

I have struggled with my weight pretty much my entire life. I got to a point in my life where I just accepted the fact that I would never be skinny and now I own my own skin and love it. I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn’t embarrassed to see my photo up on the wall. In fact, I even cried. In the last 3 years I’ve lost over 100lbs. I was 387lbs at my heaviest. I hid the fact that I was extremely depressed very well but Sometimes I still feel like that 387lb girl.


So, when I saw my rolls in all their glory I was embarrassed, almost ashamed. As the night continued I realized that I was putting myself down for my photo and I was assuming that everyone in the audience was picking me out as the token fat girl like I was doing when that wasn’t the case at all.

I am the only one that still sees that 387lb girl in my photo, not the beautiful curvy girl that I am. That is me and I am beautiful. I learned from this experience that everybody has things they are uncomfortable with pertaining with their bodies. We need to accept the body we have been given and treasure and love it for everything that its worth! This was a life changing experience and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.

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