Danielle Brooks is here to make all women ooze self-confidence at every size. In a recent Instagram post, the Orange Is the New Black actress shared a selfie from the gym while wearing a sports bra and tights, and explained why this workout outfit was a huge deal to her.
“Today I decided to do something I've never done before: Go to the gym with my SHIRT OFF!!” Brooks exclaimed. “I thought I'd share why this is significant for me. I've always wanted to do this but have felt shameful and have told myself, ‘Until my body is perfect I'm forbidden.’”
Brooks, who plays Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the popular Netflix series, went on to say that while it can be hard to be kind to her imperfect self, she’s determined to remain confident and motivated through her fitness journey.
“Today my inner being told me to turn up the notch on my self-love. I should not be ashamed of my body. I'm not a walking imperfection! I'm a Goddess. Secondly, I'm a confident woman! That doesn't stop once I take off my [S]panx,” she continued. “Sometimes it's a struggle. Sometimes I don't like what I see, but I have the power to change the way in which I relate to my body both physically and mentally. Today I woke up feeling beautiful and motivated to love myself and take care of the ONE body that I've been given. I'm not saying World take your shirt off, twist it round your head, spin it like a helicopter, I'm saying everyone live in your confidence. One Life. One Body. Take Care of It.”
Now isn’t that a message we can all get behind?
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