Lyanna Lynette, the face of ‘Torrid’, a fashion brand that dresses women sizes 10 to 30, shares her inspirational story about being a plus sized woman and loving it. She went from working at a hair salon in her native Texas to traveling the country and starring in countless ads, including the newly launched ‘#InMyJeans’ campaign. Here, she reflects on her role as a plus-size model and why confidence is not tied to a pants size.
In her interview with Kristina Rudulfo in the series ‘’Talking body”, Lyanna Lynette talked a bit about her background and her childhood; ‘’I had been through a lot in life up until I was probably around 16 or 17. I grew up basically without my father around. My mom was a single parent since I was a little girl, and I think just having my dad come in and out of my life hurt me in a lot of ways. I used to turn to food for comfort because when I would eat, I loved what I would eat and I would eat to make me happy. Food was always there for me. I went through a period in my life where I had gained a lot of weight. I went through some abusive relationships. I grew up with bullying in middle school and high school. I think just going through all of those trials and taking all of that in, I knew that at one point I’d be able to share my story with others. People would tell me “Oh, you’re very photogenic,” but I came to realize it’s not just about taking pictures, it’s about using your story and your pictures to inspire women everywhere and to help them feel more confident in their skin, to love their body more. I really felt like that was my purpose in life.”