“I took a picture of me with the Peloton ‘P’ on my chest and put it on my vision board,” she said. “I looked at this picture every day and thought, ‘I’m training for this job. ““After several interviews and auditions, Pryor got the job.
Navigate the noise and claim your space
Even before boarding Peloton, Pryor says she mentally braced herself for some criticism from those who still subscribe to the myth that athletics is tied to a specific aesthetic, that is, say thin.
“When you’re different or you’re the first to do something, you know things are going to happen,” she says, referring to the negative comments.
But she didn’t expect the level of online troll vitriol that surfaced once Peloton announced its debut. “I was more surprised by the meanness of the comments – I’ve never liked anything on social media and took the time to write a nasty comment,” she says. “I was getting ready, but I was also, like, ‘I’m introducing myself.'” Along with hateful comments, Pryor also received unexpected and unsolicited labels, like, for example, “Peloton’s new plus-size instructor “. – which prompted her to consider her physical identity in a new way as a public figure.
“I tried a lot to understand the language and what I want to accept and where I want to be,” she says. “I think trying to reclaim the power of what the word ‘fat’ means is key, but it also means recognizing if someone isn’t using that word – you’re not just calling it that. .”
Pryor talks about a bigger issue in the ever-changing world of diversity and body acceptance. However some people find it empowering to destigmatize historically charged terms like “fat” or “plus size”, the use of these labels is a personal decision. Throwing them at another person can be offensive, misleading and just plain inaccurate, ultimately undermining the true struggle for bodily inclusion and identity. “You maybe try to pick up that word, but you don’t know where anyone else is,” Pryor says. “I’m not a plus size, I don’t wear plus size clothes. So how can I represent being an intermediary, but also making room for someone who is a plus-size person to occupy this space and share this lived experience? »
As she navigates these decisions, Pryor says the overwhelming amount of support she’s received online has made it that much easier to suppress the hateful noise. “It was amazing. The number of people ages 21 to 65, of all body shapes, who finally felt comfortable saying, ‘Fuck, I deserve to love my body and love who I am,'” she says .
Find freedom and move on
While Pryor credits her with inspiring others to speak out about fat shaming and work on accepting their own bodies, she also admits that self-love hasn’t always been easy. In fact, she says, she continues to work on her own body acceptance practice, which involves naming her stomach (“I call her Tina – it makes her a part of me and she has a story” ), as well as recite daily affirmations. in the miror.