She recently took to the video-sharing service to post something uniquely personal, addressing people who dissuade her from wearing a bikini because of her weight.
The video is honest and touching:
“Why is it that someone else can dictate that you are not allowed to put something on your body?”
“I didn’t realize that there was a meeting and all of the people who are allowed to come in and decide what was attractive and what was not are now commenters on Youtube.”
She also spoke to People and discussed the origin of the video.
Lane talked about growing up different:
“From a young age, I was aware that I was bigger,” she said. “I didn’t look like a lot of my friends did. I was different.”
She also battled anorexia when she was younger:
Over 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder in America:
“People knew it was happening, but even my parents didn’t talk about it.”
“It scared me, and I had to sit down and talk to my parents about why I was so afraid to gain weight after the point when I’d lost so much. So I got help and got to a better place.”
She says that vlogging on YouTube has become an important creative outlet for her.
She currently boasts over 500,000 subscribers and the above video has been viewed more than 7 million times:
“What makes me smile is women who tell me they’ve never worn a bikini or a swimsuit before, and have only gone to the beach wearing a tee and shorts, say that my video is inspiring them to go to the beach in a swimsuit this year,” she said.
“It’s empowering, and it makes me want to love my body and honor it even more.”
Lane says she will continue to make YouTube videos to encourage others.
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