Living a healthy life and feeling good about yourself are often motivating factors when it comes to why people like to work out 鈥 and yet, even if you鈥檙e living your own very best life, it doesn鈥檛 mean that the Internet trolls and the peanut gallery aren鈥檛 occasionally going to get you down. Blogilates is a resource for women of all fitness levels seeking to improve their lifestyle through healthy meal plans and exercise routines, and tons of people are grateful to its founder and YouTube star Cassey Ho (who is actually a speaker at Re:Make 2015get your tickets here!). Being an online sensation, however, means that Cassey has faced her share of adversity and nasty, hateful comments.

Rather than stay silent, she decided to make a powerful video titled 鈥淭he 鈥楶erfect鈥 Body.鈥 In it, Cassey reads harsh comments and attempts to change her body using 鈥淧hotoshop鈥 to silence the critics. The results, however, seem to do nothing for her own happiness.


We chatted with the YouTuber and picked her brain as to why she felt compelled to create this video. 鈥淚 noticed an increase of negative comments directed towards me on my YouTube channel and Instagram. There comes a point where it鈥檚 hard to ignore them, so I decided to do something about it,鈥 the POP Pilates founder told us. 鈥淚 wanted to express how I felt visually. I want people to realize that I鈥檓 human just like everyone else. I have feelings too, and it鈥檚 wrong to criticize anyone鈥檚 appearance. I made the video to stand up for myself and for anyone else who鈥檚 ever been affected by cyber bullying.鈥


To date, the video has accrued an astounding 7.5 million views. Clearly, the message is universal. 鈥淚 think it got such a huge response because people didn鈥檛 expect me to react that way. I don鈥檛 talk a lot about the negativity towards me because I am really a positive person and try my best to ignore hate comments,鈥 Cassey added. 鈥淐yber bullying is so common, but not much is done about it. The response was incredible and I hope it taught people a lesson.鈥 And the responses have been overwhelming positive. One viewer wrote, 鈥淵ou are gorgeous without Photoshop. The most powerful thing a woman can do is accept and love herself for the way she is!鈥 Message received.


Regarding negativity, Cassey鈥檚 approach is similar to Taylor Swift鈥檚. 鈥淛ust shake it off,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 have time for negativity in my life because there is so much good to focus on. I try my best to remove toxic people from my life. I move on and surround myself with supportive and positive people.鈥

Her advice for anyone who is struggling to love themselves is this: 鈥淭he perfect body is the one where you feel the most comfortable, the healthiest and the happiest. It鈥檚 different for everyone. No one can judge your body but you.鈥

Check out the video below.

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