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It鈥檚 hard to believe, but since the Real Housewives franchise launched on Bravo in 2006 with its Orange County series, there has never been a plus-size housewife 鈥 that is, until now. When last season鈥檚 teaser of the spin-off Toronto series was released and featured a visibly plus-size cast member, many folks took notice both offline and online.

Meet Roxy Earle: the fabulous housewife of Toronto. Throughout the show鈥檚 first season, Earle took to her Instagram account, where she became an unexpected voice of inspiration for women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their bodies. When we sat down with Earle at the Instagram Uncovered body positivity summit in Toronto, she shared with Brit + Co that, while she was a prior fan of the Housewives brand, she was mostly invested in joining the series as a way of fighting for better representation of diverse bodies.

鈥淲hen I was growing up, I didn鈥檛 have someone [in media] I could identify with,鈥 Earle said. 鈥淚 think it鈥檚 great that young girls and women can see people in the media now that looks like them and they can identify with that. It feels good that I can represent for those who perhaps don鈥檛 feel represented.鈥

Since appearing on the show, Earle has started a hashtag campaign called #MySizeRox, a response to body shamers and people who have a limited ideal of what beauty is. 鈥淚 stopped listening to what other people thought I should be and just started being myself and started truly loving myself. Through #MySizeRox, I hope to encourage people of all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, at whatever size they are.鈥

Earle has caught the eye of many for her infectious personality and honest, refreshing take on body positivity. So much so, that she was invited to walk the runway during the MacDuggal鈥檚 Spring collection launch at New York Fashion Week in September. She鈥檚 also been featured in Addition Elle鈥檚 latest advertising campaign titled, 鈥淔ashion Democracy鈥 where she tagged herself 鈥渦napologetic.鈥

鈥淚t鈥檚 ironic to think I spent all these years hating on my body only for my body to be the one thing that has encouraged me and made me have a voice,鈥 Earle told us. 鈥淚鈥檓 done apologizing for my size. I鈥檓 no longer taking the blame for things.鈥

Roxy plans to take her #MySizeRox movement global and hopes to reach even more people in the years to come.

How do you practice body positivity? Tell us @BritandCo.