OITNB's Danielle Brooks Is Your New Fitspo for Confidence at the Gym: 'Don't Compare Yourself'
Danielle Brooks is usually outspoken about loving her body and encouraging her social media followers to do the same, but even she has moments of self-doubt and self-consciousness.
“I just left the gym, and as most people know I take my shirt off when I go to the gym,” Brooks says in the video. “I had my shirt off and this lady walks in and she […] looked great with her shirt off. So immediately I’m like, ‘Oh no.’ I started to lose my confidence.”
The actress said she suddenly wanted to put her shirt back on — and then questioned why she was feeling this way.
“I realized I’m comparing myself to this woman, and I was like, ‘Why just two minutes ago I was feeling great and now I’m not?’ And I realized the reason I was feeling so great was because I was comparing myself to yesterday’s Danielle,” she continues. “And today’s Danielle is better than yesterday’s. That’s why I felt so good.”
“Ladies, don’t compare yourself to nobody,” says Brooks. “Just be a better you.”
Brooks shared another body positive post earlier on Sunday, in which she says it’s okay to have indulged over Thanksgiving weekend.
“This is just a cute memo to all the girls (and guys) out there who feel like they overdid the Thanksgiving meal(s), who feel like binging or are in the mirror tearing themselves apart— no need,” she wrote on Instagram. “Love your body at every stage. I’ve been there before, racking my brain about my appearance feeling guilty and ugly after that Turkey Day Meal. I’m here to say don’t. And if you did overdo it, hit the gym tomorrow, dance in the mirror, drink a gallon of water and chill out. But don’t beat yourself up. Only one body, love it.”
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“I’ve always wanted to do this but have felt shameful and have told myself ‘until my body is perfect I’m forbidden,’ ” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “Today my inner being told me to turn up the notch on my self-love. I should not be ashamed of my body. I’m not a walking imperfection. I’m a goddess.”
The actress also starred in a Lane Bryant campaign last month, and has candidly shared her excitement about seeing the posters around N.Y.C.
“How exciting to walk into a subway station and see your self on an ad,” she posted on Instagram. “Thank you God. Thank you Lane Bryant. Thank you team! I’m so grateful. #AlwaysDreamBig.”