BODY positivity advocate Clara Dao spent 19 years despising her flat chest and wishing she could change it, but now she’s proud of the body type others denounced as masculine – and has taken to Tiktok to encourage others to do the same.
Her page, dedicated to “body confidence and self-love”, reveals that trolls used to mock her for her lack of curves, cruelly claiming she looked like a boy and that someone with her shape would never be able to breast-feed a baby.
Then something dawned on Clara – that her tummy was often just as flat as her chest and that many aspects of her figure were envied.
With that in mind, she decided to post regular videos celebrating her natural figure instead of succumbing to insecurity or resorting to surgery.
“Curves don’t define a woman,” she says defiantly, “and nor does the lack of them.”
Insults Clara has previously received include, “You look like you’re going to blow away in the wind”, “You’re so skinny – eat a burger”, “Are you anorexic?” and “Are you secretly a dude?” – and even her parents would “constantly body shame me and [make] me feel bad about myself.”
One troll even asked her, “No offence, but how would you breast-feed a baby in future?”
Yet her page has increased her confidence and to silence one critic, she captioned their comment – “Flat girls look so weird in bodycon dresses” – on a video of her looking sensational in one.
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“You see, my lack of curves doesn’t make me any less of a woman,” she tells the camera in another sequence, while posing in a white lace bralet.
“So tell me I need to do squats, that I look like a boy – I’m secure with my body.”
In another video, she gives a peace sign to the camera while claiming she has a shape that “someone would pay $20k for”.
In the next frame, she displays a mock-up advert for a refrigerator of nearly the same price – perhaps a witty way to put her opponents’ fiery criticism on ice.
The message Clara would like to portray is that body-shaming “skinny” women can be just as damaging as attacking so-called “overweight” ones – and that we should all aspire to self-acceptance no matter what unique features we have been born with.
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