Grace: ‘I Turned My Pain Into My Pas­sion’

Vlog­ger Grace Vic­tory, 26, over­came her strug­gles when she set up her blog. She cat­a­pulted to suc­cess and is about to re­lease her first book No Fil­ter

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‘Grow­ing up, i longed to be ac­cepted in ev­ery as­pect – in­clud­ing the way i looked. i was des­per­ate to con­form and fit in with ev­ery­one else. Striv­ing to achieve that (fol­lowed by con­stantly fail­ing) led to years of self-loathing. even­tu­ally, i hit an all-time low and re­signed my­self to think­ing that i was bet­ter off dead. it’s a part of my life that now feels like one huge blur, but even­tu­ally the dom­i­nat­ing thought was that i didn’t want to feel like i wasn’t good enough any­more.

‘Start­ing my blog was one of the best de­ci­sions i’ve ever made and along with good friends and ther­apy, i turned my pain into my pas­sion. i re­mem­ber watch­ing other vlog­gers on youtube and al­though i loved their con­tent, they weren’t any­thing like me and i re­ally wanted to rep­re­sent my­self.

‘What i’ve achieved hasn’t changed me at all, and i know what i’m yet to achieve won’t change me ei­ther. i’m ex­tremely hum­ble and ap­pre­cia­tive be­cause i do know what it feels like to have no one – but my dif­fi­cult child­hood and even more dif­fi­cult life ex­pe­ri­ences made me more de­ter­mined to never give up.

‘Heal­ing has been a long process, but i think my big­gest turn­ing point was in Jan­uary this year when i truly recog­nised i wasn’t buy­ing into the diet cul­ture. ev­ery year, for as long as i can re­mem­ber, i’ve tried to lose weight and get a “bikini body” and 2017 was the first year i didn’t do that. your size doesn’t equate to your worth and the beach will get what­ever damn body i give it!

‘What would i tell my younger self? you were good enough, you are good enough and you al­ways will be good enough.’

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