Jameela Jamil is mostly known for playing Tahani on The Good Place, but what most don’t know is that Jamil is working on breaking the stigma of body shaming.
The actress has been very vocal on her social media about self-worth and body positivity. She is quick to call out weight loss products, sexist language and celebrities who promote weight loss culture.
Jamil is not only calling out problematic body shaming but she is also promoting self-worth. The actress started an Instagram account @i_weigh. According to the Instagram bio, the account is “for us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are, and look beyond the flesh on our bones.”
Users share on their Instagram story what they weigh outside of a number on a scale. It’s putting your self-worth on your accomplishments and qualities rather than a dumb number on a scale.
Typically the Instagram will screenshot and post their fans’ Instagram story breaking down how much they really weigh.
The account has over 91,300 followers and even some celebrities have participated in on the body positivity. Most recently Shameless star Emmy Rossum shared how much she weighs. Rossum wrote that she weighs, “Drive, kindness, empathy, the courage it takes every day to overcome PTSD, one happy marriage” and so much more.
The account now has well over 1,000 posts of women sharing what the weigh in self-worth and encouraging messages to its followers. It all started back in March 2018 when Jamil posted a mirror selfie describing how much she weighs.
“I weigh: lovely relationship, great friends, I laugh every day, I love my job, I make an honest living, I’m financially independent, I speak out for women’s rights, I like my bingo wings, I like myself in spite of EVERYTHING I’ve been taught by the media to hate myself about.”
The picture was originally posted on her personal Instagram account. She said that so many women responded to her image that she decided to start the @i_weigh account so women could share their own “I weighs” and start a community of women who support one another.
“I’m f**king tired of seeing women just ignore what’s amazing about them and their lives and their achievements, just because they don’t have a bloody thigh gap,” Jamil wrote.
I would recommend unfollowing all the Instagram profiles that make you feel bad about your body and only following I Weigh.