Alumnus competes for chance to dance with Lizzo

“I didn’t think it would affect me so much,” she said. “I’ve always been aware of the struggles I go through as a plus size woman, but I would never show it because there was no one I could relate to or who would fully understand that point of view. So when I got to reflect on those times when I felt lonely or felt like I was looked down on because of my height, it opened my eyes.

Lizzo has become a role model for plus-size entertainers who often struggle with being roleplayed and receiving hate messages via social media.

On the show, Jones had some one-on-one moments with Lizzo.

“She was exactly the way she is in the media,” Jones said. “Towards us, she was incredibly compassionate and really willing to listen to us. Even though she goes through what we are struggling with – times 100 – she understands us and tries to help us.

Now Jones is pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. This weekend she is performing at a club event in San Francisco.

And she’s appreciating the positive feedback she’s received from the show — and becoming an example to others.

“I’ve had a lot of tall Asian people message me saying, ‘I wish I had someone like you growing up’ or ‘My daughter is looking at you,'” she said. “I become the role model I never had.”

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