Musician's honesty about body image makes waves online
WARWICK woman Ebony Wickham has expressed her personal struggle with her own body image in a very public way.
Last week, the talented singer and musician posted a video to her Facebook page that has since racked up over 5000 views.
The video features Ebony singing a beautiful cover of Dollhouse, a Melanie Martinez song, and it's her impassioned and honest introduction to the song that has made the video even more powerful.
Ebony said body image was something she had struggled with her whole life.
"It's gone up and down as I've grown older," she said.
"And I think it's something that affects everybody at some stage.
"I'd been getting views on the other videos I've put online so I thought I'd use that power of that platform to get the message across and raise awareness.
Ebony said her videos usually only get a couple of hundred views.
"But this one has taken off, it's been shared all around and overseas and now has over 5000 views, which is amazing," she said.
"I don't even know 5000 people."
Ebony said it's always been her dream to be an musician.
"In high school I started to wonder if it was a realistic dream and tried to focus on improving my grades and finding other study options or areas I might be good at but now I've graduated I've realised I can only see myself being a musician.
Ebony said she doesn't want to be known just as a singer.
"Of course, as an artist, I'd like to expand my audience and if I can talk about issues that affect me and in the process make a difference to someone else's life, then that's a good goal," she said.
Ebony said body image issues were everywhere.
"The media is so quick to show us what an attractive woman should look like," she said.
"From the age that girls start to care about that sort of thing, that's all I wanted to look like, which was hard because I had acne, I had the wrong body to suit that 'ideal' standard, so I covered myself in make-up, I worked out and dieted, everything I could do to look the way I thought I should."
"I've come to realise my body type and what I look like isn't necessarily who I am," she said.
"I'd been trying so hard to be this 'perfect' person, I'd lost sight of who I really am."
Ebony said she did not want her younger siblings to have to experience the same thing.
"It seems inevitable in society these days, but maybe if through my words and actions I can limit it, then that's a good start."