Marsha says: "Me and my human saw a post by our friend @selfloveliv and thought, hmmm I wonder what I would look like if i had been edited. So we downloaded one of those toxic FREE (even more dangerous) apps and had a go at editing a picture of me. When I first saw this picture I thought "do you know what, I look great!" And then it hit me. That's what they want you to think! The problem with these apps is that they feed on two things: -"Catfishing" (mmmmm fish) -self hate People that fall into the second group down load this app, see what they look like with (conventional beauty standards version of) a "perfect" body and they go seeking it out, be that through dieting or surgery (!!!!) or special clothes that make you look "better" or basically by any means possible. When I saw this photo and thought I looked better, I stopped myself and checked the facts of the situation: I look like the top picture I would have to go on a horrible diet to look like the bottom one By body does good things My body is a vessel that helps me to be me! It's alright if you would like to look different, but you have to question your motives. And if they come from a place of self hate, PRACTICE RADICALLY ACCEPTING YOUR BODY! You are puuurr-fect just the way you are 💜😻" - - #mentalwellbeing#selflove#selfappreciation#everybodyisagoodbody#bopo#bodypositive#perfect#advice#cat#fatcat#happycat#fatisnotabadword#loveyourself#advicefromcats
The thigh gap. The dreaded be-all end-all weight loss goal. I used to stare at my mirror contorting my body and grabbing my thighs from behind to imagine what I would look like when I FINALLY had these little model legs I’ve always dreamed of. . Now, all I can this of is… Why? Like I can’t for the life of me understand why I wanted something so bad that my body was just not made for? I’ve always had long legs with quite a bit of meat on them, and even when I was at my thinnest, my thighs still touched. That’s how my body is made, and that’s the way I look and feel at my healthiest, and that’s it. Full stop. I will no longer try to become someone I’m not. I’m really starting to appreciate what I have and who I am, thick thighs and all.
After watching #us, I am SO. FUCKING. AMPED. For the Twilight Zone reboot. @jordanpeele is reviving the golden age of film with these deep, layered, thought-provoking, beautifully shot movies and I'm fucking HERE FOR IT. Do you plan on watching Us? Let's talk theories y'all, this film is SO substance rich. 🎥 #watchyourself#usmovie
Today I am feeling super nostalgic for some reason. Which is kind of surprising, because #ariesseason is about propelling forward, not looking back. Maybe it’s #mercuryretrograde that has me reflecting on the past, who knows? 🤷🏼♀️ So this afternoon, I started scrolling through my camera roll which contains literally 32 THOUSAND photos 🙊 . This was a magical day and I’m incredibly grateful for this memory 🖤 When this picture was taken I was in a social media funk, so it never got posted to my page. Presenting: The Fat Spice Girls. Made up of five incredibly strong women with an abundance of beauty, sass, ambition and passion . . . . . . . #fatbabe#psfashion#fatshion#bopo#psblogger#astroworld#effyourbeautystandards#girlgang#flashbackfriday
Here I am! I haven't showed my body for a while because, let's be honest, I've put on some weight. And because of that I've been ashamed of myself for the last few months. I got completely detached from certain social contexts and from my boyfriend because too ashamed of being touched or being loved. I've been hiding inside my head for far too long just because I was afraid of being judged. But let's face how many others beautiful things I've achieved: - I'm succeding in my MA studies, I have people asking for advice to me because they believe I am good stuff and they trust me (even when I don't and I don't think I'm good enough); - I've found new amazing people and they're making my life even better than it was few months ago when I realized my dream of moving here; -I've moved in a wonderful house with the best landlady I could have ever asked and I feel blessed and lucky; -I've improved my English which is the thing I've always cared the most in my whole life; -I've earned respect and appreciation in my part-time job because of how hardworking and reliable I am. And you know what? Few kilos are not going to stop me! I promise to myself that I'll feel beautiful at least a little bit every day ❤️ . . . . . . . . #bopo#bodypositive#bodypositivity#bopowarrior#bodyacceptance#effyourbeautystandards#beautybeyondsize#chubby#chubbygirl#curly#curvy#fatbitch#mirrorselfie#nomakeup#tattoogirls#tattoos#friendstvshow#friendstshirt#present#primark#positivevibes#darkcircles#mybedroom
ade is a mum of two beautiful kids – a 5-year-old girl and 7-year-old-boy – who love singing to Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. She started her career in funds management and investment banking but left her corporate life to co-found AtlasTrend – an investment platform that makes it easy for anyone to invest in trends impacting our world like big data and online shopping. We chatted to Jade about her journey and got her top tips for starting a business. Check out the full interview on the blog link in our bio. - #prettyfoundationau
Only 3 more months until summer! (I'm seriously so tired of hearing this already...you feel me?) . I used to count down the days and weeks to summer thinking "Okay, there's only 8 weeks left, I still have time to lose 10 pounds." This count down that seemed to be everywhere I looked gave me so much anxiety. . Every single year I wanted to get my body "ready for summer" or that beach vacation. . Our diet culture makes it seem like that's what everyone is doing and what you should be doing too. Like those 30 day gym challenges, people uploading the before photos on social media filled with dieting headlines about getting your "summer" body. . The problem with this "summer body" is that is makes you think that your "winter body" isn't as good. We are shamed into thinking we have to "lose the winter fluff" and that bigger is bad. . This results in many women feeling like they have to hide their bodies in the summer. Then it leaves this feeling like you have to hide your body all year round and not be able to enjoy yourself. . Your body is "ready" for any freakin' weather. Apcalpytic snow storm one day to summer weather the next. (Thanks Colorado.) . Your body is beautiful no matter what shape or size it is at right now. You don't have to wait to enjoy the sunshine or live your life until you have some "perfect" body or until you lose the weight. . Be grateful for the body you do have and that you are alive to enjoy a beautiful day. --
A story to remind us of how we truly “arrive” through every struggle, and re-emerge in this world: “Every crack is also an opening. When in the midst of great change, it is helpful to remember how a chick is born. From the view of the chick, it is a terrifying struggle. Confined and curled in a dark shell, half-formed, the chick eats all its food and stretches to the contours of its shell. It begins to feel hungry and cramped. Eventually, the chick begins to starve and feels suffocated by the ever-shrinking space of its world. Finally, its own growth begins to crack the shell, and the world as the chick knows it is coming to an end. Its sky is falling. As the chick wriggles through the cracks, it begins to eat its shell. In that moment—growing but fragile, starving and cramped, its world breaking—the chick must feel like it is dying. Yet once everything it has relied on falls away, the chick is born. It doesn't die, but falls into the world.” Mark Nepo Image credit @phibstuff
We made it to another Friday! And today, we have @letscatchstardust telling you her story! . “Yikes, I am so scared about posting this but it's all the more reason to share. . I can't remember the last time I was in a swimsuit. Maybe last summer? Maybe before? I had such a big break from moving my body because I did it in such an unhealthy way. . This is what my body looks like in a swimsuit. Yep. This is how it looks. Is it wrong? No. Is it "too fat"? No, there's no such thing. Is it insulting anyone? Quite probably. And to those people, I'm not apologising. . Almost the whole of last week I was having a bad body image day - I'd be giving myself so much grief every morning and trying to shut it down. I share this because not every day is the same and it's not all happy acceptance days. . Swimming was just another way of control for me before. Today? I splashed about, swam a bit, floated on the top of the water. Twisted my body, swam underwater, and created waves in the water with my arms and laughed. I did it for the sheer pleasure. . Being in the water has forever been an enjoyment for me, but there'd always be numbers and pressure to be something I wasn't in the form of a very dark cloud ruining it for me. . Not today, though. Not. Today. Not ever again. . Screw your numbers. They aren't defining me. Neither does my body, my stretch marks, my cellulite. . That's me, and you can't take that away from me anymore.” . Love this, Sabina! SCREW YOUR NUMBERS! We are all so much more than ANY number, so do not let them define you! . To be featured, tag us @weartheswimsuit or use #iweartheswimsuit.
Alrighty friends and family: I did something brave out and of my comfort zone... I launched a Kickstarter to finalize the Last of the funds for Tits Across Texas! Every pledge level comes with rewards, including a signed copy of the book before its official release date or getting your name in the book as a “Golden Goddess” backer. Kickstarter is all or nothing- I’ve got 30 days to raise 2,000. Link in bio!
Happy Wednesday all! And happy first day of Spring! I’m going to make this quick as I have therapy in a few minutes (#breakthestigma), so let’s welcome back @nehaparulkar with a short and sweet quote. . “Purpose fuels passion.” . Ask yourself today what you are passionate about. Do more of that. Make your heart happy. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll figure out you purpose in life along the way. . Thanks Neha for the inspiration. To be featured like her, tag us @weartheswimsuit or use #iweartheswimsuit.