Sometimes in life you have the opportunity to come across and interact with incredible people. A week ago I was blessed to meet some of these amazing people. Last week while parusing Facebook, I came across a post from a friend I work with. Her post was about her sister, and how some miserable person took the time to send her a hand written, hand addressed, letter telling her "Women who weigh 300 pounds shouldn't wear yoga pants!" This handwritten note came complete with a rude and disgusting meme to boot. When I saw the pictures of the words that were written my heart hurt. How could someone do something like this? I felt anger, and sadness all balled up into a heap of confusion. People do things like this?
The women who was sent this horrible letter is named Kelley. Kelley is a mom, a sister, a wife, a daughter, a friend to all, a volunteer, and a girl who likes to wear LuLaRoe Leggings. How could she not? LuLaRoe leggings, and clothes all together, are ahhhhhmazing! I'm pretty sure the material is mage from a unicorns mane or something equally as magical, and they come in the most fun and amazing prints! What's more is these clothes are made to fit women of all shapes and sizes! Clothes a women can feel good in!!! Yet here some jerk felt the need to try to take that from Kelley. Well guess what! As a result Kelley has been able to create a movement! Reaching out in any way she can to declare beauty knows no size!!!! Beauty is something that radiates from the apples of ones cheeks, that rises up in an honest laugh, that fills a hug with warmth and love. Beauty is being able to rock leggings!
I knew as soon as I read the story I wanted to do something. So I got in touch with Kelley and told her I wanted to do a photo shoot with her. I also reached out to my friend Beth who is a LuLaRoe consultant to see if we could get a little LuLa Love for Kelley. The response was amazing!!! Within an hour an entire network of local LuLaRoe consultants had organized multiple outfits and pick up arrangements for Kelley! It was incredible! My heart swelled! A few of these lovely consultants were able to join us during the photo shoot to meet Kelley, have some fun, and discuss LuLaRoe of course! Kelley, as a whole, is beautiful. Besides being gorgeous (hello she could totally model!), she has a heart of gold. She had not one ill word to speak of this bully that sent her the letter. What she said instead is that she wants to use this experience as a way to declare that beauty knows no size, that bullying will not win the battle, and that it's ok to feel good about yourself!!! Can I get an Amen!
My hope is that this story gets shared over and over again. Good defeated evil, and a bully was silenced with love. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Here are some of the photos from our shoot!