Amber Riley's Fierce 'Dancing' Debut Inspires Real Women

The "Glee" star scored big with judges and is inspiring real-sized women to take the dance floor.
2:34 | 09/18/13

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Simmering now on the "heat index," the sizzling performance by amber riley. She took the ballroom by storm. Now, she's inspiring other women to take the dance floor. Sara hines is here with that. It's nice to be here. When we think of dancers, a long and lean body type comes to mind. But "glee's" amber riley, is inspiring everyone, showing you can get down on the dance floor, no matter your size. Decked out in sparkles, actress amber riley, lit up the dance floor, with a fierce cha cha cha on monday night's season premiere of "dancing with the stars." ♪ earning her and partner, derek hough, a standing ovation. Nice. Reporter: And a whopping score of 27 out of 30 from the judges. You are the tigress of season 17. I'm palpitated, perspirated and flachlated. Full on fabulous. Reporter: The small screen was on fire. She was repping for the big girls. Amber, you look really sexy. Reporter: And twitter was abuzz with praise for the 27-year-old being an inspiration to real women everywhere. One tweeting, you are amazing. Could not stop smiling watching you dance. You're an inspiration to so many women. And another writing, love her attitude about image. No matter how you look, you can do whatever you dreamt of. And for riley, there's no higher compliment. I want young girls that look like me to get out there and move and dance. And I'm pushing past that cardio and really enjoying it. Reporter: Known for her role as mercedes jones, on "glee," the california native dreamed of being a dancer. Dancing for me was a dream deferred. It would be singing or dancing. We couldn't afford both. Reporter: But her road to stardom wasn't an easy one. In november, riley talked about her struggles with body image on mtv's "this is how I made it." Being the person that I am, being the size that I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there's a lot of roles for us. Reporter: Now, she's landed a dream role. And in the process, hasn't lost her sense of humor. We can't be back-to-back because of my bootee. We can. We'll be butt-to-butt. Reporter: Big thank you to amber riley. We all need role models like that to embrace our own bodies. Thank you, sara.

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