(Body image) How do you view yourself? Do you have a negative or positive perception? Did you know that almost 90% of women wish to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest? Today, I am sharing my personal struggle with body image and how we can banish body insecurities for good.
As you might remember, I did a makeup-free photoshoot with Movode for the #BeautifulAsYouAre campaign. (Read my recent post here.) The two photos that you see above are from that shoot, and once I saw these photos, I knew I wanted to make a post about body image. Going into the photo shoot, I wasn’t the most confident with where I was physically. I wasn’t happy about how out of shape I have become from not going to the gym, unhappy about what the scale was telling me, and unhappy about my non-existent butt. I know people assume that style bloggers must feel 100% confident in their own skin because they are always in front of a camera, but of course, that’s not always so. During this particular shoot, I was constantly thinking to myself, “Make sure to suck it in Shell!” But it wasn’t until I saw the pictures when I realized that I was being too hard on myself.
Growing up, I was always criticized for my weight. Cruel words like, “You look anorexic!”, “Where are your curves?” or “You look pathetic.”, had me drinking nutrition shakes as if they were water. The disapproval hurt me. And unfortunately, it has stuck with me my entire life thus far. Whether I am thinking that I am too skinny, or putting on extra weight, I tend to feel very insecure in my body. Whether the scale says I am underweight, a little overweight, I had always trusted it to define my self-image.
When I saw these two photos from Movode, I immediately thought to myself, “These pictures make me proud. These pictures make me feel beautiful. Worthy. So, why was I so concerned and putting so much stress on myself that I wasn’t “picture perfect” enough for this shoot?” It’s true what they say, we are our own worst critic. And ladies, we really need to calm the heck down! We are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psalm 139:14). I guess this was something that I needed to be reminded of.
Body image is what you believe about your own appearance. It is how you feel about yourself. A negative body image is a distorted perception of ourselves. A positive body image is a clear, true perception and realization that our outward appearance does not devalue or says nothing about your character.
You are worth more that what the scale might say. You are no less valuable as a 32A than a 36C.
Here are four ways to love the skin you’re in…
1.) Stop comparing.
I know this is easier said than done. But we must stop comparing ourselves to other people and start celebrating who we are.
2.) Change the way you see yourself.
Know that you are worthy. Know that you are valuable. Know that you are loved.
3.) Stop talking negatively about yourself.
This is a habit that I need to break ASAP. When I talk negative about my appearance, I usually do it in a joking matter. I guess I do it because I can laugh it off, however, everything you say to yourself matters and it can actually affect you. Talking down to yourself can lead to deeper problems such as anxiety or depression. Replace these negative comments with life-giving words that will bring confidence throughout the day.
4.) Learn to love yourself.
Self-love will bring you confidence. When you love yourself, the world around you changes.
BE ‘A COURAGEOUS BEAUTY’…
I encourage anyone who lives in the DC/VA/MD area to come experience this for themselves because women deserve to feel beautiful in their own skin. By doing so, you are not only being a positive role model for everyone around you. But, you are also making bold statement. You are screaming out to the world, “I am beautiful as I am.” I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Be Courageous. Be Confident. Be Yourself. I dare you!
Hang With Me & Win A Complimentary Shoot With MOVODE!
One lucky reader will get a chance to win a complimentary shoot with Movode and hang out with me for a day. This shoot will be a gift of a lifetime and I will be there by your side supporting you through it! While we laugh, drink wine, and nibble on some snacks, I hope this experience restores confidence, joy, and inspires one lucky reader to really love the skin she is in. Now doesn’t this sound like a blast!?!?
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Contest runs until Feb 10th, a winner will be announced Feb 12th.
Good luck beauties!