This Model's Approach To Body Positivity Will Have You Rolling With Laughter

If you need a little reminder to stay body positive throughout your day, you can easily let this model's Chamillionaire remix get stuck in your head.
Body positive activist and model Khrystyana shared her remake, "Riding Purdy," in an Instagram post alongside photos from a shoot celebrating her love for her stomach rolls.
Khrystyana wrote the new lyrics on her stomach to celebrate her body positivity even more. "They see me rollin' they lovin'," she wrote, echoing her own feelings about her belly, which she referred to as her "pride and joy."
"Somehow I often sing the original when i look at my rolls but I recently realized that I kept unconsciously reinforcing the word 'hate' towards my rolls, so I changed ‘hate' to 'love'. Now I sing 'They see me rollin’ they lovin,'" Khrystyana wrote in another post.
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@yahoonews article for “Ridin Purdy” photos: What inspired you to show off your rolls ? - Well, I’ve had a rollercoaster relationship with my rolls. When I was a straight size model my tummy was never lean, even with all the work I put into my body. Now that I’m a plus size model, and we are stepping into a new era of inclusivity and diversity, I’ve just started embracing my body less than a year ago. My belly, however, was the very last part of my body that I had to learn to love again. Because even in the plus size fashion industry, a perfectly curvy hourglass shaped model with a leaner stomach is usually preferred. So it took me awhile to start liking my rolls because the industry opinion shaped my own negative opinion of my body until the day I said “screw it! Dear Tummy, You are here whether people like you or not! We're in this together and we’re gonna make it work! Who said a belly isn’t cool and sexy? Nope, not us, not any more!!!" And somehow in one day this hate turned into love and I genuinely like my rolls now. Now when i shoot with a photographer I always make sure to ask them, "Don't photoshop my ‘pride and joy' please”. I remember posting my first image a while ago with my rolls showing (I was a bit terrified because my audience was used to my edited glam images, but I did it anyway) and somehow my following doubled in a day or two. And the more honest i got with my photos the more positive feedback I got. So many women and men can actually relate to my hate to love story. Occasionally I’ll get a body shamer calling me words. I don’t block them, i talk lovingly to them because often they also seek that self love and somehow my images trigger something in them to lash out. But it's okay, I can relate to lashing out too, I used to do it a lot. And I used lyrics from @chamillionaire but took “ridin' dirty” and remade them into “ridin' Purdy”. Somehow I often sing the original when i look at my rolls but I recently realized that I kept unconsciously reinforcing the word “hate” towards my rolls, so I changed ‘"hate" to "love". Now I sing “They see me rollin’ they lovin” — Photos @duyschmoo

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Although she hasn't always had such a positive relationship with her body, Khrystyana said that she learned to overcome the negative opinions that the modelling industry had instilled in her, and instead to love every part of her body, especially her stomach.
"This hate turned into love and I genuinely like my rolls now. Now when I shoot with a photographer I always make sure to ask them, 'Don't photoshop my pride and joy please,'" she wrote.
This isn't the first time Khrystyana has made headlines for her inspiring body image. In April, she walked a catwalk in Times Square in only her underwear in the name of body positivity. And in the same month, she took to Instagram again to show the painful truth that can come with beauty, especially with items like shapewear and heels.
Not only is she tackling serious issues, but she's also finding ways to have fun with them, as she did with her hilarious "Ridin' Dirty" remix. While the need for better body representation is no joke, Khrystyana found a way to have us all laughing with her.
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