This 13-year-old hit back at body shaming bullies in the best possible way


Paris Harvey is 13 years old and from Gillingham, Kent, in the South East of England.

She just exhibited a huge amount of bravery by challenging her body-shaming bullies in public.

Since starting secondary school she has been mocked by classmates for her weight.

Paris suffers from a metabolic condition which results in a quick weight gain that she has to work harder to burn off. She was also born with a hip dysplasia, so her left leg is 1.5cm shorter than her other. As a result she has a slight limp.

She told the Daily Mail that these combined conditions led to bullies at her school mocking her for "walking like a penguin":

I got bullied in the past and after a while, you start to believe what people say. I became really insecure about how I looked.

I can be eating the same food as the next person but I gain weight. It’s not like I’m sitting at home all day eating crisps. But I felt like I shouldn’t have to explain myself.

To confront this, she wore a bathing suit to the beach and tweeted an image of herself in the outfit.

The tweet has received over 300,000 likes.

Paris said:

I feel like we should embrace who we are.

I’m not making myself a model but I wanted to show people that it doesn’t matter what size you are – you are born into that body.

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