WOMEN
07/30/2014 05:52 pm ET Updated Aug 01, 2014

Lulu, Plus-Size Pole Dancer, Has An Inspirational Body Love Message To Share

Pole dancing is an incredibly difficult sport -- and one woman is out to prove that size doesn't matter when it comes to skill.

LuAyne Brown, who goes by the stage name Lulu, is a lifelong cheerleader and dancer who gravitated towards the sport in 2006.

"I'd always wanted to try it, but I was worried about what people would think," she told Closer magazine in 2011. "But when I turned up for my first class and everyone was in stilettos and tiny shorts, regardless their different sizes, I felt a lot better."

She began competing in 2008, undeterred by disparaging comments on her YouTube page.

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Brown also auditioned for America's Got Talent in 2012. Though the show's judges passed on her, the experience brought her more online followers and boosted her confidence for other competitions.

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Brown, who has been referred to as "the world's heaviest pole dancer," told The Huffington Post in a phone interview that she hopes to spread a body-positive message to women.

"We see so many images of what a body should be," she told HuffPost. "But you should love yourself from day one until your last day."

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According to Brown, her size has never restricted her -- either on the pole or off it.

"Life is awesome," she told HuffPost. "Don't let a number on the back of your jeans determine what kind of life you want to lead."

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