OINTB Star Danielle Brooks Is Here With the Fitspo Pep Talk We All Need


November 29, 2016

You made it to the gym and you're hyped. You're just about to jump on the treadmill when you see another gym-goer hop on the machine next to you. Their perfectly chiseled abs catch your attention and you become deflated. Creeping self doubt paralyzes your ability to start your workout. You make a quick turn and off the treadmill you go.

It doesn't take much to doubt yourself, but Danielle Brooks, star of Orange Is the New Black is spreading a powerful message on body image and self-acceptance on Instagram. In her viral video, Danielle opens up about a moment that left her feeling insecure and the importance of maintaining a healthy body image.


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All was fine and dandy at the gym as Danielle was sweating it out. Shirt off, her endorphins were high and her confidence was higher. She was feeling great until another shirtless woman with an enviable physic walked up beside her. Imminently Danielle lost her confidence and felt ashamed about how she looked. 

“So I realized, I’m comparing myself to this woman,” Danielle said. “And I’m like, why just two minutes ago I was feeling great and now I’m not? And I realized the reason I was feeling so great is because I was comparing myself to yesterday’s Danielle. And today’s Danielle is better than yesterday’s. And that’s why I felt so good.”


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Danielle’s breakthrough moment inspires us to check in with ourselves and to give ourselves some much-needed love. It’s time to start spreading positivity and acceptance. Focus on yourself, your body and your achievements. “So ladies, I’m just saying, don’t compare yourself to nobody." Danielle said. "Just be a better you."

Check out Danielle's inspirational video below:


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