Sam Escobar, makeup artist and beauty editor at Good Housekeeping (who identifies as neither male nor female and prefers gender-neutral pronouns), has their height and weight listed in their Twitter bio . In a series of tweets on August 16, Escobar explained why. Escobar, who has struggled with the eating disorder bulimia for 14 years, hopes that being forthright about basic measurements will help turn the focus of beauty blogs and magazines away from its obsession with weight and size. After all, they're just numbers, nothing more, nothing less.
Escobar told Us Weekly, "[W]e’re told to sort of conceal that number as though it’s a secret unless you’ve lost weight. I thought, 'Hey, why am I always so anxious to tell people how much I weigh when it’s just a number?'"
Their message of body positivity resonated with other folks on Twitter, who began tweeting selfies and including their height and weight, too. Speaking to Us, Escobar said, "I love that people were circulating positivity to each other. I’ve received a lot of [messages] from people telling me that seeing so many different bodies, including a range of sizes and shapes, has made them feel more comfortable with their own sizes and less alone."