Throughout the past four years, Glee has had its ups and downs with questionable dialogue and convoluted plot lines. But since the beginning, the Fox TV show has attempted to stay true to its core focus: accepting yourself for who you are. Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes Jones on the show, embodies this idea on and off the show. Ever since casting directors told her to lose weight, Amber Riley has dedicated herself to setting a positive example for people of all sizes. Even though she is often forced to wear more modest clothing than the other actresses on the show, Riley unashamedly loves her body. And she has amazing talent and confidence to boot.
“I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren’t the only roles for people like me, normal girls.” – Amber Riley