Stephanie's Heroes: Andrea Copeland

April 28, 2014

A Charlottesville woman makes an appearance in Oprah's O Magazine. Andrea Copeland is one of many women featured in a section about what women love about their bodies. She's inspiring readers to have a positive body image despite Hollywood's perception of beauty.

If you've participated in any Chamber of Commerce events in the Charlottesville area or tuned in to local channels TV 10 or 13, you've probably seen Andrea Copeland.

Now, this busy lady who wears many hats is also being featured in O Magazine.

"I looked at [O Magazine]. I thought, this can't be. This cannot be. I have walked around with that magazine since they sent it to me last Tuesday…just carrying it in my arms...excited," said Copeland.

The article highlights women from all over the country. They all opened up about what they love about their bodies.

"For years, I was one of these people who said I hate this. I don't like that and tried to change this and that. Then when you go through some major health challenges, you start to appreciate your body a little more which is what I've tried to do," said Copeland.

Copeland told O Magazine that she loves her eyes and lips.

"I like my eyes because they're big. They’re brown and I like to accentuate them. I like my lips. That's something else I like to accentuate," said Copeland.

She's also quite fond of her fingers and toes for a special reason.

"Because I look at my hands and my feet and I see my parents especially with my mom no longer being here. That means a lot because I look at my hand a lot. So, to see my mom's fingers and to see my dad's hands the strength of them both in my hands and my feet, it means a lot to me," said Copeland.

At a time when many women struggle with having a positive body image, magazine readers in Charlottesville say it's nice to see someone from Central Virginia step up and be proud of her body.

"Oh, I think it's great. Too many people complain about their bodies," said Anna Newton, supporter of the article.

"I think it's wonderful. I think it's empowering. I have five daughters and I believe that it's of utmost importance to model having a good sense of self-esteem and a good sense of self for your children," said Tina Hansen, supporter of the article.

"It's humbling, I will saying that. It has taken years for me to get to this point and some days it's still a struggle. So, I'm very appreciative of the fact that some young girl or some woman will look to me and be encouraged by my story," said Copeland.

Copeland's story is now documented by O Magazine and its inspiring women all around the country and in our own backyard.

The May edition of O Magazine featuring Andrea Copeland is on newsstands now.

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