A recent Richmond, The American International University in London graduate in Communications (2020), Carmen Micheli is also a plus-size model and advocate for body positivity. Carmen took part recently in a TEDx event to share her experience and propose a new way of embracing judgement, transforming it to be an educational tool. You can share Carmen’s talk here:

Watch Carmen’s talk here.

When Carmen was 13, she started dieting thinking that being thin would have made her life perfect. Growing up in Italy made her believe that she had to be thin to be happy. After living in the U.S.A and London she experienced new cultures and realised that what she believed and experienced was different in each country. Opening up to the world, and to new people and communities on social media made her realise that judgement of ourselves and others is normal, and it shouldn’t be avoided but embraced.

After living in New York, Carmen realised that she evaluates the world through an Italian and American perspective. At age 19, she found that she had been dieting for eight years non-stop. Upon acknowledging this, Carmen began to immerse herself in the Body Positivity Movement and has since taken part in four demonstrations across London, New York and Milan.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx