Julianna Mazzei, also known as Jewelz, is a bold and entertaining plus size model who has the courage to publicly flaunt her body in short clothes. The brave young model is an inspiration when it comes to talking to thousands of her Instagram fans about ‘fat problem’.
Jewelz, from Toronto, Canada, told Barcroft TV: “I feel sexy in my body and I feel like everybody should.”
Even though the 25-year-old is now composed in her 3X clothes, Julianna wasn’t really always comfortable to exhibit her broad figure in sultry dresses.
Bullied painfully over the years, the plus sized model was told ‘skinny jeans are called that for a reason’. People used to pass hate comments and call her disgusting names. She even had a breakup with her boyfriend for being ‘obese’.
Jewelz said, “I hated school. There were so many times where I skipped school, the bullying was so bad. I can give you probably a whole dictionary of names. Fatty, tub of lard, whale.”
“The song was about fast food and it was like, ‘A pizza hut, a pizza hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken at a pizza hut.’”
She further said, “When people are making snarky comments about you behind your back or under their breath it’s harder to stand up for yourself and say what needs to be said, that’s one of the reasons why I got my ‘F Your Beauty Standards’ tattooed. My whole life people told me that I couldn’t wear pattern such as stripes or polka dots.”
Jewelz’s mother, Catherine, added: “As a young Juliana she became more introvert, wanted to stay in the house more often with her brothers and sisters.”
She said, “I knew her weight was bothering her and I knew the kids at school were bothering her. Two years ago Jewelz became tired of waking up everyday hating herself and wondering when will she ever be happy.”
Jewelz’s confidence boosted when she saw her friend Vicky going through extreme depression following her intense efforts to lose weights. Vicky had lost both kilograms and her confidence.
It made the plus sized model realize that being slim and smart, and have the ideal body does not really make one satisfied; health anxiety can ruin one’s life. Ever since then, Jewelz has gone on to encourage many people to love themselves the way they are.
“Until I was 23 years old, I hated myself. Through finding inspiration online, and coming to terms with who I am and what I need to do, I knew I needed to start accepting who I was, I knew I was good in the inside but I felt who I was on the inside didn’t make up for what I looked on the outside.”
“I got there and I found self love. And being confident is the greatest gift that I have been given.”
She also stated, “To be a bigger girl and then be thin and then be unhappy it was kind of a wake up call for me and I realised that being thin isn’t going to make me happy”
Jewelz friend, Vicky told the channel, “Losing weight in general doesn’t make people happier. I just feel very self-conscious all the time, even now.”
Catherine then said:
“Jewelz totally changed, it was an over night thing. There was this girl that used to walk around with three or four layers of clothing and then all of a sudden one day a couple of layers came off and I started to see skin.
“She was happy to be alive, she was smiling, she was going out. Then the butterfly emerged that we call Jewelz.”
Now, the astonishing body positive advocate stands tall, stronger than ever!
She motivates her internet fans regularly and spreads the significance to self-assurance through her modelling. People follow her online hashtags as well.
Jewelz revealed, “I started doing it so I could inspire people. I would definitely say that modelling is a career for me, I would definitely present myself more as a body activist.”
“There is nothing like feeling beautiful but the main reason I do it is to remind women that they can feel beautiful to that you don’t always need to see one standard size in model modelling for lingerie or for cars.
“I definitely think that we have to reclaim the word ‘fat’ as positive.
“As a negative word for so many years, it is about time we take it back, and realise that it is not a bad word, it is not a bad thing and it shouldn’t be shaded in a negative way.
“I realise that hash-tagging and coming up with word or phrase was super important, people would see it and they would catch on to it. It would give them hope to see somebody just living a positive life and being happy. That’s why hash tagging is important.
“My two biggest hashtags are #BigandBlunt and #IGot99ProblemsButMyFatAintOne,” said Julianna.
The confident 25-year-old doesn’t measure her weight. She believes it keeps her driven.
Jewelz also firmly insists that she is perfectly healthy and leads a normal life. She ferociously dismisses claims that she is putting herself at risk.
The plus size model told Barcroft:
“Since I found body positivity I haven’t stepped on a scale. A scale doesn’t define who you are and it doesn’t define your health what so ever so. I definitely think that I live an active lifestyle and I think that that’s the term that people should definitely use.”
“I’ve never had a doctor tell me to that I have to change my diet or that I need to lose weight. I’ve had a doctor tell me that I was fat for sure but they were never immediately like well you need to lose weight like your health is at risk.”
“You’re not automatically unhealthy being a bigger person and you’re not automatically healthy being a thinner person and even if you were unhealthy you’re still entitled to self love and people need to remember that.”
Despite of having more than ninety thousand fans on Instagram, Jewelz still gets offensive remarks. Her audacious body exhibition in bikinis and lingerie angers a lot of people.
Yet, Jewelz goes on and challenges every hater! She has settled herself in a thick skin and aims to promote body positivity. Her biggest dream is to travel the country and educate young students on the subject.
She said, “I feel like it’s one of those things that need to be taught in the school like we take health classes. We do all these things to promote sex or to learn maths and I think that loving yourself is, is just as important as all those things. So, that’s what we need to do to promote body positivity.”
“I encourage body positivity by putting myself out there, by showing other people that you can love yourself at any size and be positive is for everybody,” Jewelz concluded.