Take one casual scroll through Instagram, and chances are you’ll see a slew of people bragging up a storm about their slim bikini bodies.
But as we all (hopefully) know, EVERY body is a bikini body — and the self-love propelling body positive sentiments like that is constantly being touted by inspirational celebs like Demi Lovato and Pink.
In another amazing and motivational example, Danielle Brooks, who plays the hilarious “Harry Potter”-loving Taystee on “Orange is the New Black,” shared a gorgeous selfie accompanied by a lengthy caption that frankly deserves awards for its honesty.
In the pic, Brooks — wearing skin-hugging workout capris and a super cute pink sports bra — leans against a treadmill while beaming for the camera. The 25-year-old explained why she posted the pic by writing, “Today I decided to do something I've never done before: Go to the gym with my SHIRT OFF!! I thought I'd share why this is significant for me. I've always wanted to do this but have felt shameful and have told myself ‘until my body is perfect I'm forbidden.’”
“Today my inner being told me to turn up the notch on my self-love,” she continued. “I should not be ashamed of my body. I'm not a walking imperfection! I'm a Goddess. Secondly, I'm a confident woman! That doesn't stop once I take off my spanx. Lol.”
The 25-year-old admits she’s had a hard journey toward self-acceptance, but she’s now focused on taking the absolute best care of herself.
“Sometimes it's a struggle. Sometimes I don't like what I see, but I have the power to change the way in which I relate to my body both physically and mentally,” Brooks wrote. “Today I woke up feeling beautiful and motivated to love myself and take care of the ONE body that I've been given.”
“I'm not saying World take your shirt off, twist it round your head, spin it like a helicopter, (lol). I'm saying everyone live in your confidence. One Life. One Body. Take Care of It.”
Brooks capped the post with a slew of inspirational hashtags, including #voiceofthecurves, #yesmythighstouch, #lovethyself, and #beautyinandout. She also included the now-controversial hashtag #goddess, which, as we reported earlier today, is weirdly being blocked by Instagram.
Earlier this year, Brooks opened up about embracing her figure in an essay for Glamour, writing, “Ideally, I want to see all beauties, all shapes, all sizes, all skin tones, all backgrounds represented in my profession. Now that I am blessed to be that reflection I was once looking for, I’m making a promise to speak out for that little girl that I used to be […] So if you see me on a carpet with my arms and legs out glistening, or my midriff exposed, it’s a reminder to myself and the world that I know I’m beautiful.”