Teen posts emotional message to friends who gave her body confidence to wear what she wants
We all know that feeling: you're getting prepared to head out on a night out, but none of your clothing seems to fit or look right. Or, you have that one item of clothing that you want to wear, but you're not sure if you'd ever be able to pull it off. Maybe it's not something that you naturally slip into, or, maybe you're not confident enough in your body to wear it.
Whatever your reason for being unsure, it's happened to literally everyone in the world at some point, including Ashlie Bautista.
The 18-year-old woke up on the morning of February 10 to find out that she had gone viral on Twitter all for tweeting about the above experience.
"so last night, I wore something that I never thought I would wear," she wrote. "I’m very insecure but with the help of my amazing friends for hyping me up, i was able to wear it and gained a little bit more confidence in myself"
Alongside the message of positivity, Ashlie uploaded four photos of herself sporting a velour wrap dress with thin shoulder straps and a v-neck. Speaking to Teen Vogue about the tweet, Ashlie said that while she felt 'scared' after putting on the dress, her friends Maricella, Mark and Isabel soon made her feel like a queen:
"[They] told me that I looked amazing in the dress and that I should wear it out to show everyone that I was beautiful," she recalls. Ashlie says that looking back, she's glad she kept the outfit on.
"By the end of the night, I was so happy that I wanted my friends to take pictures of me, which they did."
The pictures soon went viral, at the time of writing Ashlie's tweet has received over 30,000 retweets and over 320,000 likes. The majority of the respondents have been spreading messages of support and love for the 18-year-old, with one user writing: "Yesss ASHLIE!!!!SLAYYYY" and another branding Ashlie as a hero: "You're beautiful. You inspire me to overcome my self esteem issues and love who I am."
Ashley says that it is these types of responses that are the best part of her photos going viral. "It made my heart happy that I was inspiring other girls to be confident themselves," she says. "I know it took me a while to get mine."
The teenager says that she hopes her message will now rub off on others and that the images will now encourage more people to "speak through their clothes." She also said that she wants people to understand that "body image is something we need to be open-minded about."
Fair play to Ashlie for standing up and confronting her insecurities. Not only this, but she was brave enough to post the images on social media which, as we all know by now, is the hunting ground for internet trolls and abuse.