Plus-size dancers work to change negative stereotypes

Plus-size dancers are working to change negative stereotypes regarding body image in their industry.

Plus-size dancers are working to change negative stereotypes regarding body image in their industry. (1/30/17)

THE BRONX - Plus-size dancers are working to change negative stereotypes regarding body image in their industry.

It's been nearly 10 years since trained dancer Akira Armstrong created the Pretty Big Movement. She says she found it difficult to get booked for auditions and gain respect in the dance industry, and she's since sought to change that.

"I want people to know that they are good enough," Armstrong says. "Your size does not define you, and know that you are beautiful inside and out."

The plus-size dance company has appeared on television shows, commercials and in music videos. They reached an international audience when one of their videos went viral.

In addition to helping women overcome their insecurities and sharing their stories, the group also helps empower its members.

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