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A Brave Teenage Girl Turns Butt Shaming Into Body Positivity

Carleigh O'Donnell's body-positive photo is going viral

There are a lot of responses a teenage girl can have to being body shamed. But chances are, few are as bad-ass and confident as Carleigh O'Donnell. O'Donnell found out that some local teens had grafitti-ed a lewd comment about her body at a local beach, but rather than take it lying down, she took it standing up, smiling and showing off her butt.

The high school freshman could have been upset about the bullying, but instead, she chose to use the incident as a teachable moment for others. She posted the photo to her Instagram account with the hashtag "#yourstruly" and gave her mother permission to post it to her Facebook page with an inspirational message.

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"She decided that she was going to be stronger than hurtful words on the concrete and that she was going to be proud of her figure," wrote Carleigh's mother Daryl. "She also told me that she feels complete sympathy for the teenagers across the country who face this everyday. She understands and wants all of them to find strength inside to rise above the nastiness and be empowered by who you are, how you are made and what is in your heart." Pretty impressive for a 15-year-old, no? And a great reminder to women of all ages to embrace and love our bodies, no matter what others say. [The Gloss]


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