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Breaking the stereotype! Plus-size dancer shimmies her way to the top

Amanda LaCount is bringing body diversity to the mainstream

If you’ve ever watched the backing dancers on X Factor or ogled the performers in music videos, you’ll notice one common denominator… they all fit one body type.

Yet one twinkle-toed starlet is shaking up the entire industry to prove you don’t have to be thin to win.

Meet the gorgeous Amanda LaCount, making a name for herself as a hip-hop dancer and choreographer extraordinaire with moves like Jagger – and a personality to match.

[Credit: Amanda LaCount]

Amanda, who has been dancing since the tender age of two, says her biggest goal is not only to entertain but to change people’s minds about what a dancer should look like.

Determined to help others follow their dreams, Amanda began her #breakingthestereotype movement to celebrate body positivity and the idea that any ‘body’ can be a dancer.

Her powerful mission and talents have even caught the eye of A-list royalty, with Amanda having strut her stuff in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show at New York Fashion Week, performed with Lizzo at Coachella, and danced alongside Katy Perry in her music video for Swish Swish.

[Credit: Dance Spirit]

Speaking about her quest for change, Amanda says even if she can inspire one other to pursue their love of dance, then she has achieved what she has set out to do.

Amanda said: “I have one thing to say, people never think someone with my body type can dance, let alone be a working professional dancer.

“No matter how many jobs I book, they’ll never take me seriously because I’m fat.”

[Credit: Amanda LaCount]

She continued: “Proving people wrong is my favourite hobby. Never let anyone dictate your life.

“If I inspire one person from this, then all the hate will be worth it. I’m breaking the stereotype and no one’s going to stop me. If you love it, do it, it’s as simple as that.”

Amanda, who has just turned 20, also believes that society needs to re-evaluate how we view language and move away from using certain words as insults.

She said: “To me, fat is not a bad word. I have learned to make it a good word. It’s just a descriptive one so I try not to put any weight on the word.”

However, Amanda is no stranger to negativity and was controversially booted off America’s Got Talent after judge Heidi Klum said, “I don’t feel you are a $1million act.”

But having already rubbed shoulders with the stars and graced the cover of magazines, we have no doubt this little raver will not only break the stereotype but smash it to smithereens.

To light up your Insta feed with body diversity, click here: Amanda LaCount.

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