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Dawn Robertson, Founder/Director, Grab Them By The Ballot

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A Way to Love + Acceptance


I was born and raised in Japan. During my late teenage years and early twenties, I experienced severe bulimia. Also, I was abusing alcohol and cigarettes to find comfort. All I could think about was how I could lose weight and look thin at that time when I was more than twenty pounds heavier.


After coming to NY, I started taking belly dancing classes in where people of all nationalities, body types and genders were welcomed. It was such a liberating experience for me. It didn’t take long for me to get seriously into dancing. The more I had fun dancing, the more I forgot how much I weighed. The more I saw beauty in each body and became less conscious of my weight. When I totally didn’t care about my exact weight, all my unhealthy habits were gone and dancing became my profession.


The greatest thing that happened to me is that I started loving and accepting my body for the first time in my life. I found my own unique way to express my creativity through this body.


My body is still considered somewhat bigger than “normal” in Japan but today, I love my body. I feel so grateful to celebrate my body through dancing and the arts.

Image: @omorphy Photos