Body image is something all genders struggle with, but with young girls, the anxiety over their own appearance starts at a very young age. According to the NYC Girls Project, "By middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body."
For so many, the battle with body image is a silent one waged internally. That's why high school student Genny Zuniga's video, "Beautiful, Loved and Important," is so powerful -- it is a loud triumph of self-love.
Since it was posted to The BULLY Project's Facebook page on September 19, Genny's video has been viewed over 2,000,000 times. "I have dealt with negative body image ever since i can remember. I made this video not only to explain a little more about myself, but to let anyone struggling with this same issue know they are NOT alone," the caption said.
The video artfully chronicles Genny's journey to self-acceptance. In the beginning, she discussed her own struggle with body image. "So my name is Genny and I deal with negative body image," she said. "I don't think people realize how truly easy it is to become someone who sees [themselves] as worthless."
"Whether I felt too fat or too stupid or too ignorant or too loud, I always felt too something and not enough another thing," she added, drawing words like "stupid," "ugly," "slut," and "fat" on herself. "Body image is hard."
Genny found that having positive people around her was helpful. "I had to surround myself with a bit of support, and a bit of hope, and a bit of love. And I just kind of stayed in that for a while," she said, climbing into a tub.
All the support, hope and love truly paid off for Genny. "That helped me begin to see myself as I truly am: Beautiful, loved and important."
BRB, crying and cheering forever.