*six-two 35 under 35 changemaker of 2018 - mental wellbeing category
In a world where social media dominates, Instagram perfection surrounds us and the expectations of ‘what beauty is’ are more unrealistic then ever, it can be near impossible to find any sense of perspective or rationale. The online world can be a dark place, but thanks to content creators like Loey Lane, times are finally changing.
The 25-year-old plus-size model, full time YouTuber and Instagram sensation is all about creating content that highlights body positivity in a generation of online negativity and hate. With 1.3 million YouTube followers and 489k Instagram followers, Loey Lane stands as a powerful voice to her huge audience and plays a leading role in the continuous battle of body confidence and kindness amongst the social community.
The happiest beach bum ? Sometimes I get comments expressing disappointment that I don't talk about body positivity as much as I once did. I'm at a place in my life now where I feel that living my life the way I want to, with no fears and no stipulations, shows the love I hold for this body. I don't need to explain why it's powerful for me to wear a bikini while frolicking on the beach. You can see the joy in my face, how happy and at home I truly feel in this skin. I have no apologies to give for that happiness. I've earned it, and you have too. I've had so much fun this weekend in Malibu. Thank you @toofaced for an unforgettable birthday adventure ?✨ #toofaced #loeybugstyle
"My advice (to body shamers) is this: ignore is more. I do not see you, so poof! You do not exist. It's simple, yet effective." - Loey Lane
Ms. Lane uses her powerful platform to talk about all things beauty, body and plus-sized fashion. Expect to be engaged and inspired with videos, photographs and encouragement that highlight the importance of self-love. Look books, outfit ideas, make up tricks and inspo on how plus-size women can be happy and confident in their summer bikinis are just some of the content Loey creates to turn the online community into a space for love and positivity, rather than negative stigmas and hate.
Loey is a powerful, positive voice, and it’s for this reason she has been nominated by Michael Rizzi and Alayna Fender, our mental wellbeing judges, to take her place on our 35 under 35 changemakers of 2018 list.
"The internet community, while an incredible avenue to share ideas, can be a collective ground for hate. Loey has continuously created content that highlights body positvity, even amongst the hate and negative comments." - Michael Rizzi
This beautiful woman is courageous, brave, free and well worth a` follow to spruce up your social media pages and turn them into a place for real inspiration and motivation. Loey Lane – you’ve got our seal of approval a thousand times over.
To learn more about the six-two 35 under 35 initiative, and to see the individuals who made the list, head here.