The TLC star will host a two-hour special Wednesday night to teach a big girl dance class and highlight her No Body Shame campaign

By Ana Calderone
Updated November 04, 2015 05:00 PM
Credit: Courtesy Whitney Way Thore

Whitney Way Thore is not shy about spreading her message of body acceptance and self-confidence on her show My Big Fat Fabulous Life – and now she gets to do it in front of a live audience.

The TLC star will host a two-hour special Wednesday night to teach a big girl dance class, get a tattoo live on stage (chosen by the audience!) and highlight her No Body Shame campaign.

“The message and goal of Whitney Live is just to work it out, have some fun, come together not only as a community but for all the viewers at home and to really be in the moment with them,” Thore tells PEOPLE in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes clip. “Because one thing I’ve realized about being happy is that it serves us most to be in the moment.”

The 380-lb. reality star – who like model Tess Holliday says “it doesn’t make any difference if I’m called ‘plus size'” – also explains why she feels body acceptance is generally improving.

“I think that representation of women is getting better – of course it wasn’t that great to start with – but I think we’re seeing more shapes, more sizes, more color and that’s really important,” she says. “Representation teaches us things about ourselves so I think it’s great for people to turn on the TV and see different kinds of women, not just the ones that fit the perfect societal mold.”

As for ways we can continue to to head in the right direction: “The first step is to find something physical you like to do with your body and go out and do that thing no matter how uncomfortable you are,” she says. “Once you do that, you will gain confidence because confidence is product of action and the universe rewards women who get out there and kick ass.”

Tune-in to the two-hour My Big Fat Fabulous Life LIVE event tonight at 8/7c on TLC.