These days, it's important that we overcome unreasonable beauty norms. Luckily, many crusaders are trying to make sure that bodies of all sizes and shapes are appreciated and accepted.
It's not just celebrities championing these long-awaited changes but also upcoming influencers such as Clara Guillem.
In case you haven't heard of her, she's a TikToker. She is going viral for all the right reasons: trying to normalize bloating.
Say Hello To Clara Guillem
Guillem is a 24-year-old TikToker from Nashville, Tennessee. She has gained a lot of popularity for sharing content showing how she looks in various outfits "before and after eating."
The series demonstrates the impact a large meal can have on someone's appearance and how that can affect how they look in a particular outfit.
Her effort has paid off because she has managed to make her fans realize that bloating is normal.
A lot of people are very insecure about their appearance after a large meal. Some will even starve themselves to avoid ruining how they look in a cute outfit.
However, Clara hates that people are so afraid to look bloated, and she is on a mission to change that.
As far as she is concerned, bloating is normal. She also believes that it should be celebrated.
However, she doesn't just stop at making the videos. She accompanies them with positive comments.
Through these messages, she helps explain how her body changes after she has had a meal:
"My appearance is the least interesting thing about me. I have so many other amazing qualities, but those are suppressed when I'm hungry!"
That's Right, Clara Totally Owns This
The reason all her videos seem to have gone viral is that they are so relatable for so many people.
According to one user, her videos were a game changer:
"I'm kinda crying because this makes me so insecure and someone telling me that's it's totally fine makes me feel so good about myself."
The video currently enjoys well over 76k likes.
Another user explained how happy they were because they had never seen anyone else bring attention to the issue in the past.
With her positive influence, a lot more people are going out to eat without the fear of getting bloated.
A user explained how much better they felt about their stomach after hearing her out. This particular user claimed how they would enjoy a pizza or two after the empowering encouragement from Clara.
Here is another of her many famous before and after videos.
Here, she is wearing sweatpants and a crop top before heading to the beach. However, that did not keep her from enjoying some pizza by the water.
She insisted that this wasn't going to make her deprive herself of a healthy belly.
Clara's Campaign Is Going Mainstream
Recently, Clara also talked to the media explaining the inspiration and goals behind her incredibly popular videos.
As it turns out, she began the series to inspire a "positive conversation around the changes our bodies go through when we eat."
Generally, her opinion is that we should not be competing with our bodies. Putting posts on social media should not get in the way of us having a healthy meal whenever the need arises.
She pointed out that bloating is seen as a negative thing on social media. Clara blames this problem on the fact that people are afraid of getting fat.
Clara thinks that, regardless of how big we are, becoming a little bigger after enjoying a meal should not be such a dreaded experience.
She believes that becoming bigger should not have a negative connotation.
Where Does She Get The Inspiration To Champion This Theme?
To a large extent, she has become an advocate for body image because she has had problems with her body image in the past.
Clara is a former anorexia sufferer, and the problem started when she believed that eating anything before an event, taking pictures, or putting on a bikini would make her looking bloated.
However, she realized that every day was an event. So, she avoided food for an unhealthy amount of time, and the anorexia symptoms worsened.
It took a lot of time to realize that she should respect her body.
Clara admits that "respect came before the confidence."
Clara Had More To Say
Initially, she accepted that her body deserves better since it needs nourishment. She had to take care of it.
Later, she realized that her body looks great and feels incredible.
It is so inspiring that the TikToker has achieved so much concerning her self-image. Already, other content creators have been inspired to come up with similar content.
These days, even when she has her bloated stomach showing as she wears cute outfits, people can't help but admire her confidence. She now realizes that her confidence rubs off on other people as well.
That, obviously, makes her very proud of her fans. She is also quite proud of what she has achieved so far.
You can watch her video series on her TikTok account.