Julianna Mazzei, who goes by Jewelz, has not stepped on the scales for the year.
She refuses to lose weight. She has no issues with posing in a bikini on a beach. She feels sexy and she loves her body.
She said she managed to shut out all the pressure to lose weight and look a certain way and be entirely body confident. When she was younger she was regularly on the receiving end of nasty songs and name-calling and was even dumped because of her size.
‘I hated school,’ says Jewelz. ‘There were so many times where I skipped school, the bullying was so bad.
‘I can give you probably a whole dictionary of names. Fatty, the tub of lard, whale.’
It wasn’t until she hit 23 that Jewelz discovered body positivity online and began to love her body instead of being ashamed of it.
‘When people are making snarky comments about you behind your back or under their breath, it’s harder to stand up for yourself and say what needs to be said, that’s one of the reasons why I got my “F*** Your Beauty Standards” tattooed,’ she explains.
‘Until I was 23 years old, I hated myself. Through finding inspiration online, and coming to terms with who I am and what I need to do, I knew I needed to start accepting who I was.
‘I knew I was good on the inside but I felt who I was on the inside didn’t make up for what I looked on the outside.
‘I got there and I found self-love. And being confident is the greatest gift that I have been given.
‘To be a bigger girl and then be thin and then be unhappy it was kind of a wake-up call for me and I realized that being thin isn’t going to make me happy.’
Jewelz stopped worrying about what she wasn’t ‘allowed’ to wear, and started wearing whatever she fancied. She wasn’t covering up her body anymore but celebrating it.
With that came a vow to stop obsessing over her weight. Jewelz refuses to step on the scales or measure herself and wants to reassure everyone that she is perfectly healthy, so her weight doesn’t matter.
‘Since I found body positivity I haven’t stepped on a scale,’ Jewels notes. ‘A scale doesn’t define who you are and it doesn’t define your health what so ever so.
‘I definitely think that I live an active lifestyle and I think that that’s the term that people should definitely use.
‘I’ve never had a doctor tell me to that I have to change my diet or that I need to lose weight. I’ve had a doctor tell me that I was fat for sure but they were never immediately like, well you need to lose weight like your health is at risk.