Alex Koszeghy is a sports fanatic. The 23-year-old senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cheers loud and proud for the school’s Tar Heels football team, covering her body in bright blue glitter from head to toe for each of the home games.
How’s that for team spirit?
Look, we loved our university’s varsity teams, too, but never did we get this decked out to cheer on the players. We’d give ourselves an honest B- for morale — this young woman is clearly an A+.
But Koszeghy’s sparkly style is more than a lesson in school spirit. Her game-day persona, Glitter Girl, has become a way for her to battle body issues while learning to love herself after overcoming an eating disorder.
“With my insecurities of my body, trying to fully accept myself and love myself as I am, as Alex it’s a little harder, but when I’m Glitter Girl I’m able to be more comfortable in my skin,” she said in an interview with Teen Vogue. “Being able to incorporate Glitter Girl into my own personality has helped me love myself more.”
My whole life I always struggled to fit in and struggled to find a group that I felt like I belonged in. I constantly found myself trying to change parts of who I was in order to fit in and not feel like an outsider. This still didn’t make me happy though because I was changing part of who I was…so instead of trying to fit in, I finally decided to make my own category, the glitter girl category. Glitter girl kind of came to be when I decided to just say “forget it” to trying to fit in and just embraced who I was completely, even though that meant not belonging to any group. And it has been beyond amazing. I still don’t feel like I fit in, but the difference is that I really don’t care anymore, because I’m happy standing out. I hope that glitter girl can inspire anyone else who may be struggling to fit it in. Break the mold, be who you are, stand out, and sparkle like crazy 🤙🏼😉
Koszeghy’s new motto: be the shimmery blue unicorn in the crowd rather than the basic white sheep.
“I’ve always kind of liked being different, but for the majority of my life I tried to blend in and fit in with certain crowds,” she told Teen Vogue. “As I started to become more confident with myself and love myself, I realized, ‘hey, I like being different and standing out from the crowd.’”
The sports fan started coating her skin in the Tar Heel’s royal blue hue back in October of 2015, and the response she felt both externally from her peers and internally with her mental well being was just the kick she needed to keep the all-glitter-everything look going.
“It is amazing how different life starts to become when you really love yourself. I have stopped trying to hide who I am and have just let the world see my sparkle!”