"I was always too skinny; and my forehead too big" - SA women discuss the difficulties of loving their bodies
Body positivity campaigns are so important. In a world where beauty ideals and unattainable body goals are constantly thrown in our faces; these campaigns help to establish an equilibrium which balances out some of our doubt, and makes us feel more included in a mix that is diverse.
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Marie Claire recently launched published its annual Naked Issue and #DearBody campaign in which many local celebrities were featured.
'#DearBody, you are...' We need more of us celebrating each other. We need more of us telling the stories of our bodies without the weight of judgement, violence, shame or hate. We need more of us simply being. We want to hear from you - write a letter to your body, and join the 15 celebrities of the New Naked in celebrating the beauty and complexity of what it really means to practice self-love. The New Naked and #Dearbody is made possible by @americanswissza , fine jewelers since 1896.
On Twitter, people shared their experiences with their bodies and some of them even apologised to their bodies for not loving them the way they should have loved them. Here are some of the posts:
@marieclaire_sa #DearBody you are not broken beyond repairs. Yes you're still undergoing excruciating pains, tolerating death spoken over you. Keep in mind that you're not alone in this journey that demands a new you. Take what might seem ugly & make it beautiful & inspiring ?? pic.twitter.com/MXwiyTqIXv— Influencer Connoisseur (@Madame_Blogger) August 20, 2018
More and more fashion campaigns and online fashion look books (or catalogs) are using unedited pictures of models and it has become an important trend that shows us that a 'perfect body' doesn't really exist - it's photoshopped and edited, it's a manufactured body created by us.
Local brands have also joined in by featuring a diverse range of models. They have also moved away from photoshopping stretch marks and they get a thumbs up for that.
Brands such as Akina Label, Nude Wear SA and Nette Rose have been doing an amazing job at showing that their lingerie and swimwear can be worn by anyone.
While we are inspired to embrace our bodies, the journey is long and it takes time for people to get to a place they are completely comfortable with their bodies.
We asked people which part of their body they are still learning to embrace and this is what they said:
Are you learning to embrace your body? Let us know how you are doing that - Tweet us @W24_SA.
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