Meghan Tonjes (meghantonjes) doesn’t need a cape and high-heeled boots to announce her superhero status.
A musician, YouTuber, body image activist, and the inspiration behind the Booty Revolution,
Tonjes isn’t afraid to start conversations about controversial issues such as body image, fat shaming, sexual assault, and bullying. And with her outspoken, educated responses, Tonjes is our #WCW for proudly making the YouTube ecosystem a better place by being herself.
In 2006, Tonjes created her YouTube channel as a place to upload her original music. But as fans and cover requests started streaming in, Tonjes quickly evolved her content to include music, personal vlogs, and collaborations with dear YouTube friends such as Mike Falzone and Chris Thompson. She’s been on national toursand released numerous albums, but she is quickly becoming best known for her shaming of fat shamers.
A victim of bullying, Tonjes has always been extremely open about what it took for her to be comfortable and confident in her own curvy figure, even appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show to talk about how it got better. On her YouTube channel, Tonjes is all about self-love and encourages others to break the cookie cutter molds that have so long restricted society’s definition of beauty. She’s plus-sized, beautiful, and isn’t apologizing to anyone for being herself. And to the people crass enough to write hateful comments under Tonjes’s videos, good luck to you, because she’s having none of that.
This summer, Tonjes accused Instagram of discriminating against her for being plus sized after the social media site flagged her tasteful bikini butt picture. The story quickly gained national attention and inspired Tonjes to start her own revolution, the Booty Revolution. Using the hashtag #bootyrevolution, Tonjes encourages women to submit photos to Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr celebrating their own booties. Hundreds of women have since responded and, together, begun creating a positive atmosphere that praises, rather than critiques, women’s bodies.
Tonjes makes women proud to be different and outspoken and passionate, and for all this and more, I’m beyond honored to have her as this week’s #WCW. Meghan, thank you for using your voice— and butt—to make the rest of us a little more confident. The ladies of the world agree, we’re lucky to have you in our corner.
Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator and proud to support the #bootyrevolution.