Melinda Parrish is a plus-sized model and a body positivity advocate who believes in empowering women and inspiring all women to embrace their bodies as they are. Melinda is a lifelong athlete. She rowed crew for the US Naval Academy and then suffered a back injury while on active duty and was medically discharged. She spent the next few years rehabbing from multiple surgeries and transforming her relationship with her body. During that process, she fell in love running as a way to show her body love through movement and participated in multiple half marathons and distance races. Melinda is committed to sharing her journey through #healthyatanysize on social media and has been featured in Bustle, SELF Magazine, Curva Magazine, and Plus Model Magazine. She also contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, Gaiam, and other publications focused on women and fitness.