Being Bigger And Curvier Than Her Famous Friends Got Jordyn Woods Fat Shamed Online At 12: “That Completely Broke Me”
In only 22 years, Jordyn Woods has experienced a lot of things that have had a major impact on her. That includes the loss of her father, losing her friendship with Kylie Jenner after her involvement with Tristan Thompson, and being fat-shamed at 12 after being photographed by paparazzi.
In a video about transforming her body, she talked about being young, growing up in Los Angeles, and being bigger than most of the people her age that she encountered.
“I always grew up the bigger girl. I was always taller than the people in my class,” she said. “I was always bigger and I guess just as you get older you get more and more self-conscious.”
Trying to partake in the usual young people activities, she wasn’t comfortable in the skin she was in. She would wear T-shirts to pool parties or wouldn’t want to go because of how she looked.
“Sis wasn’t feeling herself,” she said in the third person. “I wasn’t confident. Even thought it was a young age, I still remember those moments where I didn’t feel comfortable going to the pool party and being in a bikini like all the other girls.”
She also wanted to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister and all the places her friends did, and eat the same way they did.
“My body type is different than all my friends. My metabolism is different. I couldn’t understand why I was gaining weight and my friends were so skinny but we would eat the same,” she said.
It also didn’t help that people made comments about her weight, including adults who were hopeful that she would eventually slim down.
“A woman was talking to my father and she was like, ‘Yeah your daughter is going to be so pretty when she loses all her baby fat.’ I was like, am I not pretty now? So it was like little things that made me realize that maybe I am a little bit different from everybody else.”
And then one day, while walking around with her famous friend Willow Smith, both pre-teens at the time, they were photographed by paparazzi and the image ended up online. Comments about the photo, particularly about her weight left her in tears. She said it was one of her lowest moments. You can see the photo here.
“Reading those comments at 12, 13 years old was probably the most heartbreaking thing to me ever,” she said. “I remember sitting in front of my computer, reading it, and tears just started to come out of my eyes. I couldn’t understand how grown people could sit and pick apart a young girl but that completely broke me. That was a moment where I knew that I was unhappy. I knew that I wasn’t happy with the way that I looked.”
That situation, on top of the devastating loss of her father a few years later, pushed Jordyn to make a change in her diet and activity by the time she was pushed into the public eye due to her famous friendships. The gym became a place of comfort, and she started going five days a week.
“That completely changed my life and that moment got me to the gym. Gym became my therapy. Gym became the thing I looked forward to and not only was it helping me emotionally, it was changing my body and making me feel better,” she said.
Pretty quickly, the weight started to fall off. While Jordyn felt great about it, she was accused by people who saw her as a body positive advocate of not being that once she made it her mission to lose weight.
“That bothered me because body postivity is really loving the skin you’re in and wanting to be the best version of yourself,” she said. “So yes, I’m body positive, and yes I’m kicking ass because I want to feel good and look good and after something like that, you realize you can’t take your health and your life for granted.”
With that in mind, she recently started creating programs an recipes that she plans to unveil in November and share with followers so they can take part in challenges together. She hopes to help people transform and feel their best, if they’re ready to put in the work.
“Don’t compare yourself to anyone else,” she said. “You have to be consistent. Weight loss does not happen overnight. You could work out for a week and see nothing. You can work out for two weeks and see nothing, but I’m telling you, if you stay consistent you will see the results. The results are in the work.”