“When I finished massage school, no one wanted to hire me,” said Kristy, who is known as BBW Kristy Love.I kept getting asked if I’d be able to stand on my feet all day. People assumed my size would be a disadvantage. No-one ever called me back.
“I decided to give massages from home and then one customer asked if I was going to keep my top on.At first, I was indignant and said I didn’t give those kinds of massages,” she explains. “I was ashamed of my body because I was so big.
“But when I realised there might be something in breast massages I put an advert in the local newspaper and the phone began ringing off the hook.
“At first it was difficult to get over my body issues and I would only give massages with the lights off.“But the more compliments I got from my clients, the more my confidence was boosted. It has really helped me get over my low self-esteem.”
But Kristy who is single isn’t ashamed of her size – saying business is booming as a result.Not only does Kristy offer squashing as a service, she also practices body gliding, which involves covering herself in oil and sliding over the customer.
“I have to keep an eye out when I’m squashing someone. I look at their feet and their fingers to make sure there is still movement there and they’re still breathing.”
“My weight isn’t an issue at the moment, but the doctor was concerned that it might be in the future. He said I was at risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease.But that doesn’t run in my family so it doesn’t bother me. I could be hit by a truck, I can’t keep worrying about those things that could happen in the future. I just live each day as it comes.”
Her family is also against her vocation – but for different reasons.
“They’re totally against it. Obviously it goes against their moral code – they don’t understand it. Also, because I’m the biggest in the family, I embarrass them. But no matter how many times they call me ‘thunder thighs’, I’ll never be ashamed of my body.