Lexie is a twenty-something writer, artist, mental health advocate, poetry enthusiast and dog lover from New Jersey. She is studying right now to become an art therapist.
As a young teenager, Lexie found solace in writing poetry and drawing in the midst of new mental health struggles. She dreamt of one day sharing these emotions and experiences with others. She had a strong desire to help others battling their own demons from a young age because she knew loneliness and hardship firsthand.
Lexie began sharing her writing publicly online in 2015. Early on, she found a deep love for body positivity because of its activist roots and its rallying for every person’s right to be seen and respected — no matter what they look like. Lexie has always been devastated by how some people are quick to judge and assume other people’s health or worth just from their size.
In the early days of her time online, Lexie thrived in body confidence spaces, making daily posts on her Instagram account, rejecting society’s standards and reclaiming her time and space as a woman who doesn’t fit the mold.
Several years into Lexie’s time online, she’s learned that as someone whose life has been touched by mental illness, the online communities are very special and full of people who understand. She values time on and off social media now, opting to post every few days or weeks to hone in on self care. Today, Lexie focuses on continuing to share her recovery and life story, as well as educational resources and support for the general public and those affected by mental illness. She continues to share body positive messages and mental health topics as both spaces are very important to her.
Lexie has written for many online publications over the years, including Cosmopolitan, Healthline, The Mighty, NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association), The Butterfly Foundation and NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness).
In February of 2017, Lexie founded #BoycottTheBefore, a campaign challenging the “before” photos of eating disorder recovery comparison photos. She’s very passionate about the topic. When she originally shared the campaign on social media, she thought a few of her friends would join her, but to her surprise, hundreds of fellow recovery warriors spoke out and joined in solidarity that year. The campaign has gained a lot of traction since then, being covered by People Magazine, Huffpost and Refinery29, to name a few. Lexie also penned Why I’ll Never Post Another Before-and-After Photo Again for Cosmopolitan in March of 2017.
#BoycottTheBefore has accumulated over 2,000 posts on Instagram, and has been supported by notable voices in the recovery community such as Iskra Lawrence, model and speaker, and Jenni Schaefer, author, speaker and singer. NEDA and the non-profit organization Project HEAL have supported the campaign as well.
Lexie spoke at the Central New Jersey NEDA Walk in 2018. She also shared a few words on what recovery from an eating disorder means to her at the NYC NEDA Walk the same year. In 2020, she spoke at the virtual Northeast NEDA Walk held on October 4th.
Lexie feels amazed knowing that people across the world have expressed finding hope in her words. She strongly believes that the pen in mightier than the sword and that things like writing and art can heal. Lexie hopes to help you feel loved, uplifted, heard and supported in your own journey as she authentically shares her own.