Caroline Rothstein is a performer, and body empowerment advocate. She recently starred in a video for Buzzfeed chronicling her battle with an eating disorder, as well as falling victim to molestation in her teens and rape in college. Rothstein’s message is powerful in that it echoes her motto: “From Adversity Comes Triumph.”
If there’s one thing a lot of women can relate to, it’s the war they wage against their bodies, capable as those bodies may be. Rothstein’s story is honest and painful, but also hopeful. For many of us, it’s a choice to change the way we see ourselves, taking the first step towards unconditional acceptance of who we are because our bodies can do magnificent things, not because we don’t like the way we look.
“Figuring out how to honor and love ourselves authentically from within was critical for me to understand,” Rothstein told me over the phone. “In my journey, given everything I’ve been through – being able to eat what I want, when I want, eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full, move and exercise when and if I want, sleep when my body asks for it – doing all those things that my physical individual body needs and wants, in an authentic way allows me to be a better person to take in the world, and a better to take in myself and my own body.”