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)
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No copyright infringement intended.

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


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New Book Release: Liar Liar by Sundi Jo Graham

What do you believe about yourself?

My friend Sundi Jo Graham has released a new e-book today called Liar Liar, which is a passionately written and honest short read. Sundi Jo covers so many of the lies we hear, tell ourselves and even sometimes believe about ourselves. Her manifesto takes readers from the beginnings of doubt and self-hatred to the solutions found in Christ and the Bible. While there are parts that are a bit in your face, her brutal honesty and lack of sugar-coating is actually refreshing. I think it’s a nice little read for newer Christians who struggle with their identity in Christ.

Taken from Amazon — If the words ugly, fat, stupid, and unlovable sound familiar to you, you are not alone. We let the world tell us who we are. We let family and friends speak lies over us that we start to believe. We let expectations of ourselves and others fill our minds so much that we believe the end will result in failure regardless of what we do.

“Liar Liar” is a manifesto about not only believing the truth about who you truly are, but also speaking that truth into reality. It’s a call to take the next step in your faith and take action with your words.
You can get your copy of Liar Liar for the Kindle HERE

To find out more about Sundi Jo, visit her at the following:

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”