Daniel Franzese is turning his back on the Mean Girls of the world, and choosing to celebrate his bigger body! The actor has posted a series of shirtless snaps recently, after admitting that he was too insecure to take his shirt off in public.

“This is more than a thirst trap this is a protest,” the stand-up comedian wrote on a post of himself in the shower.

He continued, “If you don’t see yourself represented in media then be that representative. I challenge you to go to the end of your comfort zone and take one small step forward. Remove your shirt by the pool. Post a naked selfie and allow yourself to be comfortable in your own skin. Your belly deserves to see the sun.

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I'm having a real Nebraska moment right now.

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“Nothing is more sexy than confidence and being self-conscious is a vibe killer. You have one body and we all want to improve and work towards a healthy and fit lifestyle but love the body you have today that will take you on that journey. If we were cavemen trust me my big brutish body would bring all the boys to the cave. F*ck the media’s vision of me. I know the man that I am.”

AMEN! And we have decided to stan forever. The thing is, when you accept your big body it makes it so much harder for other people not to accept it too; we only have to look at Lizzo to know that. Ultimately, what it’s great to see is people who are happy – not skinny. People accepting and loving themselves in the face of adversity is always something to be celebrated.

Franzese also raises a very fair point about trending societal standards, girls with big butts were a laughing stock to the size 0s of 2006, and look at us now.

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My followers can only name the shows This is Us and Stranger Things as the only two shows currently showing any male of size in a sexual manner. The CDC says the average size waist of a man in the US is 40. Yet most designers stop making clothes around a 38. The messages we are sending is that big is not welcome and 'large bodies aren't valid bodies' are dead wrong. We are mind set to ideals that cis straight white men have created to appeal to cis straight white men in media. This is more then a thirst trap this is a protest. I urge you if you have felt uncomfortable in your skin trying to live up to a standard only achieved through relentless training and more often fortunate genetics so take a break. If you don't see yourself represented in media then be that representative. I challenge you to go to the end of your comfort zone and take one small step forward. Remove your shirt by the pool. Post a naked selfie and allow yourself to be comfortable in your own skin. Your belly deserves to see the sun. Nothing is more sexy than confidence and being self conscious is a vibe killer. You have one body and we all want to improve and work towards a healthy and fit lifestyle but love the body you have today that will take you on that journey. If we were cavemen trust me my big brutish body would bring all the boys to the cave. F*ck the media's vision of me. I know the man that I am. #visableequalsvaluable #aboveaveragemen #movefashionforward #effyourbeautystandards

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