Alana Thompson, the star of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," is all grown-up and is ready to take on the world. However, there are still plenty of issues she has to deal with.
One of them is body shaming, a word that is becoming more and more common, especially nowadays with all the social media platforms where people can say whatever they want from behind the safety of a screen.
In Alana's case, her whole life has been exposed to the public from a very young age, ever since she appeared on "Toddlers & Tiaras" with her mother, June Shannon.
Alana Thompson, from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," at AOL Build in New York City | Photo: Gotham/GC Images
A DIFFERENT PERSON
According to the 15-year-old, people are still stuck to the notion that she is the same little girl that they saw on the television all those years back, running on "go-go juice," a mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew.
That couldn't be further from the truth, but during an interview with Teen Vogue, Alana shared that she constantly has people on her Instagram posts criticizing her looks.
But even if they don't like that she wears long lashes or long nails, or even her body in general, that doesn't seem to bother her as she believes that everything is good as long as she likes herself. She said:
“I don't ever look at people and I'm like, ‘Oh, I wish I was like her.' Because I don't ever wish to be like nobody. I am my own person.”
A LOT OF PRESSURE
As a teenager, image is very important, especially in school where everyone must wear cool shoes, have a cool haircut, or follow the most recent trend.
Alana previously admitted being bullied at school.
The same goes for one's body image, which Alana is very familiar with as she has to deal with mean comments directed at her every day.
Alana Thompson posing during "Dancing with the Stars" Season 27 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images
GEN Z IS MAKING IT WORSE
According to the 15-year-old, her generation is not bringing fatphobia and oppressive body image standards down. In fact, she believes it to be quite the opposite:
"I feel like my generation is probably making it worse. Everybody's all about body positivity, body positivity, until they see a body they don't like.”
However, Alana, who previously admitted being bullied at school, sees herself as beautiful, a true pageant queen, and doesn't let other people's opinions cloud her shine.
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