As she inspires her over 1.5 million followers on Instagram, Chika Ike disclosed in a new post on her page how she was constantly body shamed by her peers as she grew up.
Chika was not only the tallest in her class but was also skinny while at it - this situation of hers, made her a subject of mockery as she was called all sort of names from her peers... even she herself wasn't proud of her body.
Fast forward to her later future, her body situation has become paradoxical as she finds herself wanting to be that skinny girl who was always mocked in class - she has to go on diets, watch what she eats and what not, just to keep herself in shape.
She inspires her followers, telling em to love themselves for who they are and not be unnerved by pressure from others... She wrote:
I never liked my body growing up and was constantly bullied about it. I was so skinny and was the tallest in my class. I never looked forward to morning assembly because I'll have to stand at the back of the class or class presentations to talk about "your best friend " because I'll be described as the thin girl. I can remember eating all sorts to things to gain weight but nothing worked, I really craved to have some flesh on me. I was called all sorts of names like Lepa, thin girl and Agric chicken because I was so skinny and tall. So I started modeling as soon as I graduated from secondary school because modeling agents thought I had "the look". Today the reverse is the case, I'm on all sorts of diet programs and exercising every other day to keep the weight I've always wanted in check, I feel bad after licking ice cream or eating anything with high-calorie content because ill have to suffer in the gym. Growing up slim wasn't cool now its cool. The truth is you have to constantly love you, you can't be cool to everyone, the world will always have a standard of what you should be, who you should be and how you should live your life. If you want to make changes or improvements let it not be because of pressure or people's unconscious bias about you.Do it for you. You should hold your pen and draw your life plan... Do you... Mind your business.....Run your race. Do not let anyone define you or rush you with their timeline. We all have different stories, journeys, and different clocks. You are you and that is your power!?️