Paris Harvey, a 13-year-old from the UK, won't let bullying and body-shaming get her down.
According to the Daily Mail, she struggles with a metabolic condition that makes it easy for her to gain weight and difficult to lose it. The condition has resulted in bullying from classmates, who told her she "walked like a penguin." Thankfully, Harvey has risen above her haters.
"Omg so I faced my biggest fear today and went to the beach in a swimsuit," she wrote on Twitter. She also shared three photos of herself, with a huge smile, in a bathing suit at the beach.
Omg so I faced my biggest fear today and went to the beach in a swimsuit☺️?️? pic.twitter.com/eeSKUE581x— Paris #LookAtUsNow (@ArtHopeAlly) May 27, 2017
“I got bullied in the past and after a while you start to believe what people say. I became really insecure about how I looked,” Harvey said. “I can be eating the same food as the next person but I gain weight. It’s not like I’m sitting at home all day eating crisps. It’s also hard for me to get around because of my hips and it is harder for me to make changes than it is for other people. But I felt like I shouldn’t have to explain myself.”