I’m a little late to the dance with this video, which was posted on YouTube about a week ago, but it’s so worth sharing.
Let me introduce you to a young lady named Emma Haslam. Emma is a pole dancer, whose YouTube video went viral after it was posted. This video is her routine from the Lincolshire (GB) Pole Championships for 2014.
Well, even though Ms. Haslam didn’t win the competition (lost out to Nicola Ghalmi in the professional competition), she expressed pleasure in being accepted as a legitimate pole dancer, and that her weight wasn’t a factor.
She was quoted as saying the following, after the competition:
My first competition was so nerve racking but the support made a massive difference and I’m so happy to be accepted into the industry. I was so overwhelmed with the response to my video, I didn’t think anything of it when I put the video on YouTube but it went viral overnight. After all the excitement my school comes first at the end of the day. I own two studios in Derby and my clients are most important but I do want to carry on competing.”
Read more: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Pictures-Pole-dancing-star-Emma-Haslam-s-entered/story-20596108-detail/story.html#ixzz2td1CESdf
For what it’s worth, it’s these kinds of people that are true heroes in the size acceptance movement. The more of them that exist, the less people will think that people who are “overweight” (who’s weight they are over still remains a mystery to me) can’t do these kinds of things.
Thank you, Ms. Haslam!