Meet The Body-Positive Artist Who's Giving Trolls A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

    With strangely adorable drawings, Rachele Cateyes reclaims words intended to hurt.

    This is artist, author, and activist Rachele Cateyes.

    As a visual artist, she creates deceptively sweet-looking drawings around the theme of body positivity — centered largely on, but not limited to, fat bodies and reactions to them.

    Her pieces show how impactful words can be, coming both from places of hatred and empowerment.

    "I'm really tired of having to justify who I am and sit around while I am Photoshopped, turned in gross memes, and [made] the target of hate," Cateyes, whose image was stolen last year for a diet company's "before" photo, tells BuzzFeed Life.

    And to be honest, the straight-up absurdity of the harassment she's experienced really lends itself to cheeky drawings.

    "By just existing as fat people, we are told that we're glorifying or promoting obesity," Cateyes tells BuzzFeed Life. "We are harassed under the guise of 'being concerned for our health.'"

    But Cateyes is insistent on being unapologetic; after all, she's not victimizing anyone.

    Cateyes doesn't focus solely on negative commentary, however; she's also inspired by the body-positive community, with much of her work offering kindness and support to others.

    "The goal with my art is to reclaim insults and challenge the 'good fatty' trope," she says. "I can take away the power of these words, and use them to empower myself and other fat people."