It was just a few months ago that This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz revealed she would be losing weight along with her character on the show. Since then, the series has become a complete hit (despite, or perhaps because of, the ugly-crying it induces), and Metz has been launched even further into the spotlight. This recognition has given her the opportunity to open up about her weight loss journey and allowed her to become an awesome role model for others going through a similar struggle. (Related: Chrissy Metz Opens Up About The Panic Attack That Started Her Weight Loss Journey)
As so many women have paved the way before me, I am simply paying it forward...with the beautiful help of @harpersbazaarus, thank you for the feature and fun! We spend our lives comparing and despairing and possibly never receiving our deserved true happiness. Why is that? Why don't we uplift instead of repress? Why can't we encourage instead of deter? Here's what I know... It doesn't matter where you come from, what your scale currently says or what society has taught you to believe. You are entitled to greatness. No matter what. I say this to you and as a reminder to myself. All of our roads are paved differently. How amazing that we get to share our bumps and detours with one another. We teach the lessons and often times we are the lesson. We learn from them because we are also the students. We are beautiful works in progress and that's more than enough. Start there. When you sit in your seat confidently you allow others to embrace theirs. Click the link in bio for the full article & details on the amazing artists who helped to create & capture this look.
Most recently, she shared photos from a super-sexy pin-up style shoot she did, and the corresponding interview with Harper's Bazaar was totally enlightening. Of her newfound fame after years of struggling to make it in the entertainment industry, she says, "I'm on this journey to inspire people, and to encourage them. We are all deserving of true happiness, so it's much more than just acting. It's like, forget you're on this amazing television show, you're changing lives and opening discussion." It's unfortunately really rare to see a non-slender woman in a leading role on prime-time TV, so she definitely has a point.
Though Metz shares that she does want to lose weight, she is very clear that she doesn't get down on herself about where she is right now. "If you can't love who you are now, you can't get to the place you want to be," she told the mag. So true. It's really important to remember that ultimately, loving yourself will only *help* you accomplish your goals. "It's a daily lesson for all of us," she says. "I'm paving the way for other women and men who know they're destined for greatness but they don't believe it yet." It's all about that confidence! She continues: "There's more room for all of us now—no matter our sexuality, race, body size, gender, or whatever else." We couldn't agree more. (For more healthy body image inspo, read how this body-positive woman explains the problem with loving your flaws.)