Influencer Flo Simpson tells it all on body positivity, going viral, self care and beating trolls.
At Tortoise, we’re determined to reflect the voices of young people in our journalism. That’s why NextGen ThinkIns are free to join for students and apprentices. On top of that, thanks to our partners, you get a complimentary membership of Tortoise thrown in with your ticket. What’s not to like? Flo Simpson is a body positivity blogger with over 61k followers on Instagram. At the start of lockdown, she downloaded TikTok on a whim to record her progress as she tried to fit back into her old jeans. Now, with over 23.4 million likes on her videos, the 21 year old student is using her newfound social media fame to help people of all ages and sizes to love the skin they’re in.As one of 15 British TikTokers chosen to trial the platform’s new monetisation programme, Flo is also at the forefront of using the increasingly popular social media platform as a side hustle.We’ll be chatting to Flo to hear how she became so popular, the reality of beating internet trolls and why she’s passionate about spreading self love online. Bring your questions for Flo and personal reflections on body positivity and the pressure to be perfect, to the first ThinkIn of our NextGen series. How can we learn to love ourselves in an increasingly negative digital space? Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, TortoiseA bit about FloSick of the common online diet culture, Flo began posting on Tiktok in lockdown with the goal of fitting back into her old jeans. She threw the scales out the window and has been doing it her own way ever since, sharing her journey with her 655k TikTok followers.She quickly went viral, but that also left her open to trolls on the platform. This included comments targeting the hair on her arms, a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. But, she hasn’t let that stop her. Flo is using her videos to teach people of all ages & sizes to love their bodies, because, as she says, “we only get one life and one body”.Just like many young people, she’s juggling university, a social life, a part time job and trying to eat a bit healthier at the same time. She’s 21, from Portsmouth, and just finished her degree in law at Solent University.What is NextGen?With education and employment opportunities in turmoil, young people’s voices are, perhaps, the ones those in power most need to hear. Introducing NextGen ThinkIns, by Tortoise. Launching in Autumn 2020, a live virtual event series that puts you face to face (over Zoom..) with artists, politicians, activists and business people for an honest conversation like no other. One hour, one editor, one amazing speaker and a room full of young people. The world is chock-full of ‘virtual events’ these days – but we believe there’s nothing quite like this. NextGen ThinkIn speakers are all world-changers in their field. They’re people with stories to tell – of love and death, success and failure, health, hustles, protests, politics and everything else that matters. As for what we’ll talk about? That’s up to you. About TortoiseTortoise is a different kind of newsroom. One in which everyone has a seat at the table. We’ve created a place, in the real world and the virtual one, where people can come, listen, learn and, importantly, say what they really think. That’s why, with the help of our partners, Tortoise is making another 5,000 complimentary memberships available to students and apprentices across the UK, to ensure young people’s stories are front and centre in Tortoise journalism. If you’d like to join us, you can become a member when you sign up for this event.