If you’ve seen videos circulating on social media asking you to take a picture of yourself now and then again in six months, Jaime Koroma shared this amazing video in response, saying, “There’s nothing wrong with being exactly the way you do now six months from now.”
Koroma told POPSUGAR, “As soon as the new year rolls around, we’re bombarded from January until summer to change bodies, to ‘get ready for summer’ or to that ‘this is the year when you finally lose weight.” Koroma says the sheer volume of “film your body once in a while in the summer” videos — of both men and women — broke her heart. “But what if your body doesn’t change? Aren’t you going to enjoy your summer? Aren’t you enough right now? I just had to try to put my video in the mix,” Koroma says.
Embracing her body hasn’t always been easy for Koroma. “I wish I could say I’ve always had a positive view of my body, but I definitely grew up seeing SlimFast in everyone’s fridge and Jenny Craig at every commercial break.” She adds, “Every summer since I was 13, I tried to lose weight to look pretty, and it just wasn’t happening. I wish I could tell this little girl she was pretty, but she was so much more than that.” This turning point only happened to her about two or three years ago. She admits that if you scroll long enough on her Instagram page, you’ll see it was a weight loss account, complete with food photos and before-and-afters. “It took a lot of unlearning and learning to get to this point,” says Koroma.
To anyone who thinks they need to change or shrink their bodies to “get ready for summer,” Koroma says, “You don’t. You don’t have to change your body to put on shorts, wear a bikini or enjoy life. Life is too short and has so much more to offer if you stop focusing on your appearance. It’s about adventure and memories. And you, right now, you’re already ready!”
Koroma says a lot of people see her posts and interpret them to mean she doesn’t want people to get better. But, she says, “You may want to be healthier, stronger, faster and have more energy without focusing on how you look and the numbers on the scale. I don’t weigh myself anymore. I just go to the gym and I say, ‘Wow! I did more push-ups than yesterday!’ And that’s enough.”
Koroma captioned another recent post, “I saw a new stretch mark in the mirror yesterday and gave it a wink. I’m so happy in my skin these days – not to say I don’t have any bad days yet , but self-hatred just doesn’t matter here anymore!” In the caption to the video above, Koroma says, “You better enjoy your summer body anyway! See you at the beach!”