Body Positivity

Words Have Power: Why I Don’t Identify as a Tomboy

By Dana Land--When I was younger, everyone called me a tomboy. I refused to wear pink dresses and I played with worms in the dirt. The other girls made fun of me, and the boys didn’t accept me either.

A Guy’s Puberty Angst

By Anthony Saldivar--Growing up, I was always fairly popular. I never had any issues making friends and I did not project a lack of confidence. However, starting around the 10th grade, there was an inner battle that I struggled with on a daily basis—that’s when puberty hit me.

A Love Letter to My Body

By Alexandra Stagliano--I can’t quite remember when I first started thinking about you, body. I mean really thinking about you… poking and prodding and seeing what jiggled or wobbled.

Let’s Change Our Mindsets, Not Our Bodies

By Kaitlin Irwin--Is there one right way for our body to look? Of course not, and as a writer for Proud2Bme, I’m all about challenging the deep-seated notion that we’re supposed to be striving for that “perfect body.”

How I Learned to Love My Imperfect Smile

By Nichole Petroy--My teeth alone tell a story that my entire mouth could never form into the right words. I always had straight, white teeth and I got compliments on them for as long as I could remember. 


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About Us

Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

Proud2Bme was first launched in the Netherlands by Riverduinen, a mental health organization that has licensed the concept to the National Eating Disorders Association. Unless otherwise noted, all original content on this site is copyright The National Eating Disorders Association. The Proud2Bme brand, logos, and trademarks are property of Rivierduinen.