NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Paula Pell attends the Netflix Premiere of "Wine Country" on May 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Netflix)

Paula Pell – whose credits include writer on SNL for two decades, writing the movie “Sisters” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and starring in “Wine Country”- has a body-positive message for you all. And it’s amazing.

“I was born round and without a waist. I practically came out of the womb wearing a shapeless shirt with a loud print over leggings, donning bold earrings to draw the eyes upward. I had good teeth, a nice face, and a big happy Midwestern head full of dreams. I was a joy bomb who lived to make people laugh. I was heavier than everyone around me….”

Read the rest of the essay here:

People Used to Tell Me 'You Could Be a Knockout'-My Mistake Was Listening to Them

Each time I "failed" to complete my assignment of being "attractive," I wore my increasing shame like a fiery skin. My life became an apology for letting everyone down. It must have really bummed them out. One night a man I was seeing told me I "could be a knockout."