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Daily Inspiration: Meet Maggie Nelson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie Nelson.

Hi Maggie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have struggled with my body image for as long as I can remember. I was using harmful methods to lose weight from a very young age, and even when I got to the weight I wanted, I still wasn’t happy with myself. After many years of battling the negativity and societal pressures, I said “I am done”. I started working on ways to improve my self-image and wanted to share my journey with others, which is how MidsizeMagpie (Now MYsizeMagpie) was born. I want to empower women to embrace their body just as it is and represent women with similar body shapes to me in media. Whether it’s through fashion, makeup, or just living life normally – I want what I do to help others feel less alone and more empowered to live whatever life they want to live.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Building my IG started during the pandemic. My job reduced their hours so I had more time to devote to being creative and generating awareness. I was lucky that due to lockdown, more people were on their phones and I was able to garner a following of amazing women pretty quickly. As much as I wanted to work on my IG full time, it wasn’t generating enough money. I also moved from the UK back to the US during this time, which added a new audience mix and a more saturated pool of content creators. I struggled for many months as I continued to develop my brand and adjust to a platform with less eyeballs due to restrictions lifting and TikTok exploding. I also had to balance a full time job and a normal social life, which became difficult and eventually lead to burnout and a bout of depression. After much discussion I decided to take the leap and make this my full time job. It is scary because the pay is inconsistent and hours of work are not set, but I finally feel like I LOVE what I do. I wake up every morning with a purpose and a drive to create the life I have always wanted to live while also helping others. Those things make it worth the anxiety of where the next paycheck is coming from.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My body is not one that many people see represented in media. I am not thin, I have a stomach, stretch marks, cellulite, all the things society tells us are ugly. But does that stop me from posting happy photos in a bikini or a crop top? NOPE! We always look at ourselves so critically and think “I can’t wear that” because we don’t see people who look like us wearing it. When women see someone like me wearing something and think it looks nice they will then think “I guess I CAN wear that!”. It also pushes me to analyze my own ways of thinking. If I post something I am nervous about and get positive feedback, it reassures me too! We are basically a big community of hype friends who support each other, and it’s the best.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Feeling like I am making a difference. The messages I get from women who say “my family/friends/partner/ etc has really made me feel bad about myself, but your account is helping me see that it’s not true and that I am in fact beautiful” is the BEST feeling in the world. I get nervous to post things and be criticized by others, but knowing that I am helping women feel happier in their own skin is worth all the trolls.

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