I want to own me like Amanda owns this dance

I’ll admit, this is an unusual post for a Music Monday — I’d never heard of Amanda Trusty before this video went viral on Facebook last month. It’s only been up for a month and it already has over 900K views. I can see why. This is stunningly beautiful. Wouldn’t it be great if every woman could own who she is ?

I am still looking for my word for 2014, and while I haven’t quite put my finger on it, this visual comes close. I think part of why this resonates with me is because once upon a time I was a size six and I modeled for a local mall. I was in the fat girl section. The A girls (size 4 and smaller) got to model diamonds and furs while I modeled for Gap and American Eagle. I then dieted my way up to a size 16. But that’s a whole other story.

If you don’t know about Amanda, look her up (links are below). She’s got a great message.


Amanda Trusty (New York performer) has dealt with pressure from the entertainment industry to be a certain size and weight for over ten years. This is her way of finally letting it all go. Watch her peel away the words that have held her back and dance her joy.

WARNING: There is no nudity, but burlesque is an art form involving the removal of clothing. This, is removing clothing, and “roaring”, for a cause. Performed at a benefit for Hawaii Island Gay Pride.

Choreography and Performance by Amanda Trusty.
Cinematography by Annalisa Alberto.

Amanda is accepting gifts to support her message and body awareness causes at http://www.amandatrusty.com/#!-support

Special thanks to: Catherine Wilcox, Charlotte Von Hemert, Johnny Burkhart, Rachel Shane, and Melissa Jones.

Filmed on site at Kalani, Big Island of Hawaii.

Katy Perry Performing “Roar”
PRISM (Deluxe)
©2013 Capitol Records, LLC
No copyright infringement intended.

More from Amanda on eating disorders, performing, and real talk.


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