Blogilates fitness blogger and YouTube star, Cassey Ho, has made a career of teaching people how to feel good about themselves and get into shape. Like many others, she uses social media as her main platform to relay her message and reach her core audience. While she has inspired countless amounts of people to live better, more active lives, she's still a victim of how harsh the cyber world can really be.
Cassey is completely honest about the bleak realities of online criticism. The powerful video above demonstrates exactly how the negative comments and backlash have affected her body-image. In the video, Cassey essentially photoshops herself to be "perfect." In the end, she returns to how she actually looks and frowns in disappointment. The video ends asking, "What would you change?"
Wow guys. The response on yesterday's post was moving, incredible, and shocking all at once. Thank you. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm happy that many of you clicked over to watch my short film when you saw my new "perfect" body. You experienced the most powerful video I have ever created. You saw me strip down my confidence and self esteem. You saw me raw. Hurt. And vulnerable. For those who haven't seen it yet, please click on the link in my bio. I wanted to post again because there was a weird phenomenon that happened when I posted this photoshopped picture. On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me. What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be "goals." 2. That some people still think it's not good enough. It's tough knowing what's real and what's not when magazine covers and music videos are photoshopped (yes, music videos), Instagram pics are photoshopped, and so many women are getting surgery. How are we to know what kind of beauty can be naturally achieved when everything around us is so deceiving? If you want to know what you can do to help stop body shaming, all I ask is that you share the video with at least 1 person. That's all. After countless days of shooting, weeks of editing, visual effects, and lots of hard work from a team of amazing people, my short film was turned into a reality. Thank you to James Chen, James Jou, and @smashboxcosmetics for helping me bring this to life. #madeatsmashbox I hope you guys liked it. I love you. Stay beautiful.
A photo posted by Cassey Ho (@blogilates) on Apr 17, 2015 at 5:05pm PDT
Cassey's video gained the global media's attention with good reason. Many girls battle insecurities and have body-image issues. Her dealing mechanism has not only brought much awareness to the subject, but has also provided a positive outlet other girls can imitate. For more of Cassey, keep up with her on blogilates.com.
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