With 11.1million followers, TikTok star Sienna Mae is using her platform to normalise all body types, encouraging her fanbase to create a healthier relationship with their bodies and food. And to that, Hashtag Hyena says kudos!
Fundamentally, the body positivity movement encourages all to embrace insecurities and to be unapologetic for their bodies. Sienna has used her social media platform to echo this sentiment, encouraging her followers to love themselves for who they are, not who society tells them to be.
Her latest video, released on November 30th 2020, demonstrated how pictures onsocial media are posed, not representing the influencer’s body in real life. This video is a fresh reminder that not everything you see on Instagram is reality, reminding fans that nobody is perfect.
Amongst the videos of her dancing or having fun with friends, she creates eating videos, sitting and eating her food for a minute whilst encouraging fans to join her.
These videos are made in an attempt to relieve the stress surrounded by eating, making them particularly helpful for those suffering from disordered eating.
Her comment section is flooded with appreciative fans, expressing their gratitude to her and her message. One commenter writes, “I ate a whole meal after gaining confidence” whilst another says, “THIS is an influencer”.
It is evident that her followers see her as a positive influence and who could blame them? Siena chooses to promote self-love over the latest body ideal, something that is rare to find nowadays. Her transparency with her fans helps them relate to her, making them feel that no matter how they look, they can still achieve anything they set their mind to.
Her merch brand, ‘Confident is Cute’, reiterates her positive message. Selling tops, bottoms, and accessories with the catchphrase ‘confident is cute’, her followers can spread the message further. At the age of 16, Sienna has already achieved so much, we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.
At the end of the day, we should all aspire to be a little more Sienna.
By Katie Smith-Marriott