Alicia McCarvell is embracing her body.
On Thursday, the Canadian influencer and TikTok star took to Instagram to share a set of photos posing in front of a black backdrop in her underwear, paired with a powerful message about loving her body.
"This body has been there, even when I struggled to be it's placed its feet on the ground, and found the strength to carry me," she wrote to her more than 660,000 followers. "This body is ferocious, even when it is tame. It's spoken nothing but kindness to me, even though I forgot its name."
She continued: "This body has been my best friend, even after I abused it so. It found a way to survive, with a fear it didn't show. This body has been a fortress, even when I raged my war. It held its ground courageously, yet always answered the door."
"This body has been strong, even when I staved it small," McCarvell wrote. "It built itself all the way back up, so today I could stand tall. This body is relentless, even when I held it back. It managed to piece itself together, without a single crack."
"This body has been faithful, even when I would stray. It was confident in itself, it knew we'd find our way. This body is my home, even when I need a vacation. It has a way of reminding me, I'm one hell of a creation," she concluded.
Fans quickly met the influencer's post with praise and supportive comments, thanking her for sharing such a "moving" message.
"Wow. I honestly feel guilty reading your beautifully written and incredibly moving words, for free on this platform. I feel they should be published in a book. Thank you for sharing, Alicia," one Instagram user wrote.
"Beautifully written. Makes me remember I deserve to walk with my head held high, no matter the opinions of others," someone else shared.
"Incredible! I needed to read these words," one person chimed in.
"Yes, baby girl! Go off! You seriously give me life and empower me to love every curve in my body! Thank you for being so damn authentic!" added another.
"This is incredibly moving!" someone commented.
One fan wrote: "You are such an inspiration!"
“I’m in a very different spot than a lot of other fat people or a lot of other people who are struggling with their bodies, so I can see a comment and it not bother me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other fat people or people struggling with their body in my comment sections who won’t see that comment and struggle with it,” she told Yahoo Canada.
“I have to have a level of empathy and caring for the people who come into my space that are uneducated or don’t understand what I’m going through because I was taught all of the same things about being fat as a straight-sized person was,” she went on.
“I was taught that being fat was bad, I was taught that being fat made me not worthy ... So when somebody who is straight-sized and has been taught all of those things comes into my platform and sees me existing successfully as a fat woman and happily as a fat woman, I understand that that is a surprise to them, because it’s also a surprise to me."