Felicity Hayward talks Trolls, Body Positivity, and Self-Love


Ginger Snaps, also known as Wendy Sanders is a 36-year-old plus sized woman based out of Austin, Texas. When she was in college, she started taking dance classes and eventually turned to YouTube videos to learn more about burlesque and taught herself before gaining the courage to join a local dance troupe. The first time she performed live, she was hooked. The confidence it gave her was like nothing else, and she has been performing for nine years - adding skills along the way like aerial performance. Working as a burlesque performer and teaching it to others has made her life so much richer, and allowed her to express herself physically and embrace how beautiful her plus-sized body is, while also use her previous experience as a makeup artist for her performances. She says that as a larger lady, some dance moves don’t work for her.  She says that doesn’t matter to her - she does moves that work for her body instead, just like any other performer would. Ginger says they are actually many plus-sized performers out there, but nobody wants to promote them through media. She encourages fellow performers to continue working on the craft and to not let being plus sized stop you.

For Further Reading

Want to hear from another body positivity influencer? Check out what Ashley Graham has to say about staying positive and ignoring negative comments here.

Discussion Question

For a long time in Earth’s history, larger bodies were seen as more beautiful and sensual than smaller bodies. When do you think that view shifted? Do you think their will ever be a stabilization on this view where they are viewed as different but equal? Why or why not?

Action Item:

One of the things Hayward received the most abuse for on her Instagram account was for posting a picture in a bikini. Many people out there are uncomfortable with revealing clothes on the plus sized body. Next time you see someone post a baring picture, make sure to let them know how gorgeous they are! Or, hey, maybe even post a baring picture yourself.

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