The Power Thread caught up with Brittani Lancaster, a strong advocate for both body positivity and kindness with an audience of over 400k followers on TikTok. We discussed what it’s like to have a platform, future goals, and the importance of kindness.
What inspired you to get involved with the body positivity movement?
I’ve been in recovery from two eating disorders for the past three and a half years. In my recovery, I always knew that I wanted to share my story somehow and help other women through the things I was going through, especially young women. High school and having insecurities about your body can be really difficult on top of having disordered eating, or eating disorders. It hit me that no one was really talking about body positivity on TikTok at the time, so I started posting videos about it, and it kind of just built from there. I still try to help people as much as I can through what I’ve gone through, my own recovery and my journey.
Has anything unexpectedly positive come out of having a platform?
I love when I receive comments like “I told my mom about you” or “I told my sister about you.” When you tell someone in your life about someone who you follow, that’s when they’re becoming part of your life in some way. It’s so cool.
What’s next for you?
My goal is that I don’t want to just do influencer things, I want to have a job. I’m definitely excited for the future, and I think it’ll be really nice to have that full time nine-to-five job on top of my TikTok. TikTok is honestly my passion. I never started it to gain a following, so this is unexpected for me. I want to keep it my passion, and I want this fun and joy to stay with it.
What is something that brings you power when you need it?
I think that, personally, I feel most powerful when I’m able to help others. That’s when I feel really strong and really valued. I think that helping young women on my TikTok has meant the world to me because power means nothing unless you’re able to help somebody and impact people’s lives with whatever power you’re given. Being able to help people is what means the most to me out of anything.