Aussie Singer Amy Sheppard Wants You To Kiss Her 'Fat A**'
Singer and songwriter Amy Sheppard reveals how documenting her body insecurities on social media has not only helped others but also helped her deal with her own demons.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd recognise Amy Sheppard as being part of one of Australia's most successful bands, Sheppard.
But apart from being the brains behind hits such as the infectiously popular Geronimo, she's also become an unlikely body positivity champion thanks to her very real take on Instagram vs. Reality.
In fact, Sheppard's before and after photos have become so popular among her more than 50k followers, she's even started a hashtag #kissmyfatass.
But her crowning as a champion for the body positivity movement wasn't something Sheppard ever saw coming.
In fact, as she tells 10 daily, it all came as a bit of a surprise.
"I’d been doing a couple of posts here and there about self-love, and every time I’d post something I got a strong reaction," she said.
"But I never went all out with my posts or anything like that."
That was until January 16, 2019, when Sheppard said she decided to post this photo:
Sheppard remembers the moment: "I was scrolling through my feed at the time and I thought I don't have anything to post. Then I saw this photo back in my camera roll."
The 28-year-old said that at first, she was hesitant to post anything because she had "dimples on her butt". But then she had a change of heart.
"I remember thinking, 'why do I need to hide this'", she said.
Every girl has cellulite. So I thought, screw that, this is my body and I'm sick of trying to keep up with the illusion. it's not reality. Young girls are following me and other influencers, and think they’re seeing normal photos -- but they're not. They're filtered."
Sheppard said that the moment she posted the photo it "went viral".
"There was a huge spike in comments -- I ended up getting something like six-thousand likes. Most of the comments were from people who were really appreciative of what I'd done," she said.
Sheppard said it was then that she realised she had to "keep it up" and committed to posting more images in the same vein.
For the musician, the decision to post the images isn't purely altruistic. Instead, she finds them "healing" and said they are "helping" her to face up to her own insecurities.
"So, to know that it's also healing for other women -- mothers, young girls, teenagers, and even men -- just makes it even more important," she said.
Sheppard admitted that while she has copped "some hate" for her posts -- mainly she says from people who think she's "too skinny" to jump on the body positivity bandwagon -- the majority of feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Despite the online love, Sheppard insists she "hasn't done anything special".
"If anything, this has taken the away pressure that I have on myself or any other people have on me because they don’t expect me to be perfect all the time," she said. "It’s freeing for me and I hope it’s freeing for other people not only in the music industry but also everywhere else."
We stan a true Queen.
Feature Image: Instagram/@amysheppardpie