On AMC’s The Walking Dead, Alanna Masterson plays Tara, a young woman who brings comedic value and a sense of youth to the incredible characters we’ve all grown to love. Tara, who joined the show during an attack on the prison, went from a guilt-ridden and rough around the edges character to a young woman who let down her walls and became a fan favorite.
Alanna herself carries a lot of the same personable and fun traits that she brings to Tara and it’s clear how much she means to the cast as well as people who look up to her in The Walking Dead Family. Her fans constantly say that she’s too sweet for this world, and it turns out, they’ve hit the nail on the head.
Internet trolls come in all forms as social media grows and young adults are more connected than ever. From Twitter to Instagram, Facebook to Tumblr, there’s an abundance of people who seem to have forgotten what the meaning of the word compassion is.
When negative comments were posted online about her body, after an episode of TWD that focused almost entirely on her character, Alanna had enough and stood up for herself on social media. Alanna’s statement wasn’t just in defense of herself, it also inspired young adults across the world as she said that the human body should be celebrated – not torn down.
In an Instagram post on November 29th, she showed off the light of her life – daughter Marlowe – and reminded us all that the love we give and the spirit we house is more important than the weight on the scale or size of our clothes.
Society tells young adults every single day that weight defines us all; it’s in the pages of magazines, advertisements on television, and crash diet secrets from ‘your favorite celebrity’. The almost unreachable set of standards built around it all that has been deemed ‘beauty’ destroys more people than it encourages.
New mothers are especially vulnerable to this as they are bombarded with bodies that seem to effortlessly bounce back after giving birth, and while that’s reality for some, not everyone goes back to their pre-pregnancy weight right away, nor do they return to their pre-baby body.
And that’s okay, especially when that new body is responsible for bringing a sweet life into this world.
When Alanna, someone young women look up to, uses her social media platform to not just stand up against body-shamers, but say that it’s okay to work hard and not be an extra small; things happen. The response to her post on social media has been greater than she probably would have imagined.
Young adults are flocking her Instagram with positive messages as well as posting kindness and boosts of confidence on their own social media profiles. It’s been a sort of snowball effect, and we could all use some more sweetness in this life.