Written By: Delaney Rodriguez
“I'm beautiful in my way 'Cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way.” These words from Lady Gaga helped 18-year-old Mira Hirsch begin her journey to body positivity and self-acceptance.
Mira, who grew up in Johannesburg, is a South African body positivity activist on Instagram who wants to inspire people and encourage good energy. With over thirty-four thousand followers, it seems her message translates well.
Mira didn’t skip a beat after being asked who, past or present, she would like to have coffee with, “I would love to have a latte with Lady Gaga! I grew up listening to her music and I love the way she encourages people to feel comfortable in their own skin.”
Growing up though, Mira didn’t always feel this way, “I would ask myself ‘How are my friends so free and happy and I’m stuck with these insecurities?”
Like most of us, Mira grew up insecure about her cellulite and dimples, but her biggest anxiety was caused by not feeling smart enough.
“I didn’t feel conventionally smart as a kid but as I grew up I realized you don’t have to be book smart to be valuable. I’m really good at understanding and reading people and I think that is just as respectable as being book smart.”
Mira credits her mom, a therapist, for this. Her mom taught her to consider what other people might be going through and to not judge.
Mira clearly has a strong support system to prop her up when she feels low, including her dad and boyfriend who have supported her Instagram page since its inception. On top of the support system, to stay positive, Mira wakes up every day set out to block out negativity and not ponder on the bad.
“It can be hard to stay positive when you’re on social media,” she said, “but when I get a negative or nasty comment, I just delete it and block that person. I don’t need that negativity in my life.”
She added as a message to young girls going through self doubt, “Insecurities are the worst feeling but it will pass. Social media heightens these insecurities, but remember, no one is perfect!”
Mira still has bad days, as all of us do, but to keep herself positive, she tries to change the narrative, “If I wake up feeling chunky one day, I just tell myself ‘chunky is fabulous!’”
And in true Gaga-loving fashion, Mira likes to start the day telling herself “I am beautiful. I am enough.”
To see more of Mirna and her journey please follow her @mira_hirsch