Why This Blogger Is Embracing Her Bikini Body This Year
A Belfast blogger has spoken out about how gaining weight boosted her confidence and pushed her to pursue a career in modelling.
Danica Marjanović suffered from body dysmorphia as a teenager, when she was a size 10, and has revealed she is happier than ever at a size 16.
The 24-year-old documented her transformation on Instagram and YouTube, building a substantial social media following in the process.
She now describes herself as a “fat activist” after setting out to promote body positivity last year.
While old videos on Marjanović's channel from four years ago championed restrictive weight loss regimes – one clip is titled “HOW I LOST WEIGHT ON A LOW CARB DIET” - today, the young blogger's content is all about embracing her curves.
She has documented her journey to body positivity in a three-part series on her YouTube channel.
While she credits her weight gain to saving her life, Marjanović confessed she still gets trolled on social media for her size.
“Just because my body does not conform to society’s standards of an eating disorder recovery body does not mean I am not over coming a serious issue with restricting my food,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post.
“You have NO not even a SLIGHT idea how far I’ve come with my relationship with food and exercise.
“My page isn’t just showing you how to be confident it’s about showing you how I have faced my biggest fear in life and turned it into something beautiful.”
Since gaining the weight, Marjanović has set her sights on becoming a plus-size model and has recently entered a competition, she revealed to Barcroft TV.
“For years and years and years I would shame myself so much about how I looked and I’m over it,” she said in a YouTube video on her channel titled “MY BOPO JOURNEY EP.1 | DANCING IN MY PANTS! | #DONTHATETHESHAKE”.
"There is nothing wrong about your body as long as you're happy and healthy, those are the two most important things," she added.