Dance like EVERYONE is watching — and that’s just what Whitney Thore is going to do!
Whitney — whose Fat Girl Dancing videos are major hits on YouTube — just landed her very own TLC reality show, titled ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life.’
The nine-part series will chronicle the life of the inspiring 380-pound dancer as she tries to debunk misconceptions about obesity. It will also focus on empowering women who are ashamed of their bodies.
“There's P.C. terms for everything these days, but fat people are fair game,” the 30-year-old says in a new preview. “Someone has to fight for us!”
"I hate people thinking that I'm lazy," says Thore, who hits the gym and dance studio on a regular basis. (Photo Credit: TLC)
In the clip, Thore explains she suffers from an endocrine disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Prior to her diagnosis, she weighed 114 pounds at the start of high school. But once she hit college, she gained weight at a rapid pace and has since struggled to lose it.
Thore at 114 pounds in high school. (Photo Credit: TLC)
“When I started college I started gaining weight so fast that I didn't know what was wrong with me,” Thore recalls. “By the end of my freshman year I'd gained 100 pounds, and my entire life changed.”
A timeline of her weight gain in college. (Photo Credit: TLC)
She explains she gave up her love of dancing and “fell into a deep depression” that lasted for years. One day she decided she’d no longer be a victim and began filming herself dancing for all the world to see in a bid to promote self-love.
“I love all the positive things that came out of the videos, but it doesn’t change that right now, I’m the heaviest that I’ve ever been in my whole life,” she says.
“So I need to lose some weight so that I can do everything in life I want to do, and hopefully I can do that through dance.”
(Photo Credit: TLC)
‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ will film around her home in Greensboro, N.C., that she shares with her parents.
“I may be fat, but I am still fabulous,” Thore proudly states. “I have one life to live, and it damn sure better count.”
This. Gal. ROCKS.
Watch the empowering sneak peek below — and make sure to tune in and watch when it airs Jan. 13 at 10 p.m. ET!