“I took a picture of myself with Peloton ‘P’ on my chest and pasted it on my vision board,” she says. “I looked at that picture every day and was like, ‘I’m training for this job.'” After several interviews and auditions, Pryor got the gig.
Navigating the noise and claiming her space
Even before joining Peloton, Pryor says he was prepared for criticism from those who still believe in the myth that athleticism is tied to one particular aesthetic.
“I realize that when I am different, or when I am the first to do something, something happens,” she says, referring to the negative comments.
But she didn’t anticipate the level of violence from online trolls that surfaced after Peloton announced her debut. “I didn’t like something in the media and never took the time to write a nasty comment,” she says. In addition to outright hateful comments, Pryor also received unexpected and annoying labels, such as “Peloton’s new plus-size instructor.” , she began to think about her physical identity as a public figure in a new way.
“There was a lot of trying to understand the language, trying to figure out what they wanted to take in and where they wanted to go,” she says. I think there is substance to things, but that also means recognizing if someone isn’t using the word, not just calling it that.”
Pryor talks about bigger issues in the ever-evolving world of body diversity and acceptance. Some people do, but using these labels is a personal decision. In effect, it undermines a real battle for bodily inclusivity and identity.you I may be trying to get that word back, but I don’t know where anyone else is,” Pryor says. “I’m not plus size. I don’t wear plus size clothes. So how would I describe myself as being in the middle?” teeth A plus size person to occupy that space and share that lived experience?”
In navigating these decisions, Pryor says the overwhelming amount of support she received online made it much easier to tune in to the repugnant noise. People of all body types, ages to 65, can finally say, ‘Oh my God, I deserve to love my body and love who I am,'” she says.
find freedom and move on
Pryor admits that he has spoken to others about the shame of being fat and encouraged them to work towards acceptance of their bodies, but he also admits that self-love isn’t always easy. In fact, she’s been working on her body acceptance practice, which includes naming her stomach (“I call her Tina. It makes her a part of me and makes her has a story”), which includes reciting daily affirmations. in the mirror.