Slow clap for Sam Escobar. The beauty editor at Good Housekeeping, who doesn’t identify as male or female and prefers gender-neutral pronouns, shared their weight of 172 pounds on their Twitter bio to spread a message of body positivity.
“I think it’s weird how people have no idea what different weights look like,” Escobar explained in a series of tweets on August 16. “It’s nice 2 b honest about my size/weight bc ppl are often surprised I shop plus size which proves they dont know what plus size look like.”
Escobar continued: “Hey I’m 5’7”, 172 lbs, approx a size 12/14 with 34E boobs & I see nothing to hide about that. These are just facts, measurements and ratios.”
The gender-nonconforming journalist also revealed they struggled with bulimia for 14 years. “A lot of that obsession was w/ numbers,” Escobar, 26, wrote. ”A lot of those ‘goal weight’ numbers were so arbitrary but I absorbed them from people who said certain weights = good and other weights=bad.”
Anyway like I said I'm 172 lbs/size 12-14 and this is what I look like so WAZZAAAP & show me ur beautiful selfies!! pic.twitter.com/KQGPy9nw8J— Sam Escobar (@myhairisblue) August 17, 2016
Their final tweet, which received 964 likes, was a full-length selfie. “Anyway like I said I’m 172lbs/size 12-14 and this what I look like so WAZZAAAP & show me ur beautiful selfies.”
Escobar tells Us Weekly they got the idea to put their weight in their Twitter bio from a friend. “I remember thinking it was really fantastic because we’re told to sort of conceal that number as though it’s a secret unless you’ve lost weight,” says the beauty editor. “I thought, ‘Hey, why am I always so anxious to tell people how much I weigh when it’s just a number?’”
The Brooklyn-based makeup artist has been overwhelmed with the response their tweets have received, especially the selfies they have received. “I love that people were circulating positivity to each other,” Escobar tells Us. “I’ve received a lot of [messages] from people telling me that seeing so many different bodies, including a range of sizes and shapes, has made them feel more comfortable with their own sizes and less alone.”
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