Lexie is a twenty-something writer, artist, mental health advocate and dog lover from New Jersey. She works in healthcare and is studying 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, trauma and hardship firsthand.
Lexie began sharing her writing publicly online in 2015. Early on, she found a deep love for the body liberation movement 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 especially 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.
Six years into Lexie’s time writing and sharing online, she’s learned that as someone whose life has been touched by mental illness, we can reach other compassionate, open people who understand through social media. She values time on and off the screen now, opting to post every few days or weeks to hone in on self care practices. Today, Lexie continues to share her recovery and life experiences, as well as educational resources and support for the general public and those affected by mental illness.
Lexie has written for many online publications over the years, including Cosmopolitan, Healthline, The Mighty, The Butterfly Foundation, NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
In February of 2017, Lexie founded #BoycottTheBefore, a campaign challenging “before” photos of eating disorder recovery comparison photos. She’s very passionate about the topic as an eating disorder survivor. When she originally shared the campaign on Instagram, 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. The campaign has gained a lot of traction since then, being covered by Huffpost, Metro and Refinery29, to name a few. Lexie 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 her campaign as well.
Lexie spoke at the Central New Jersey NEDA Walk in 2018 about her recovery and how the community helped her find her voice. She also shared a few words on what recovery means to her at the NYC NEDA Walk the same year. In 2020, she spoke at the virtual Northeast NEDA Walk.