ISSUE 3 // 2014 WWW.BEUTIFULMAGAZINE.COM
u u hello, darlings! Spring has finally arrived and we’re almost halfway through 2014!
If you made a new year’s resolution to be more accepting of yourself, work toward a goal that will make you happy, or become a better, healthier version of yourself, we hope you’re still trucking along! Things are heating up, literally! Not only are we in the middle of
planning tons of new features and goodies for you guys, but we will be launching round 2 of the SUIT URSELF CHALLENGE! That’s
right - it’s time to pull those swimsuits out and gear up for another body-confident summer! We’ll soon be taking submissions for our
public gallery and loading you up with tons of great info on how to enjoy your body and embrace the skin you’re in.
By the way, we now take personal stories! Send us a message if you’re interested in sharing something with us!
Questions / Comments? Feel free to email us at email@example.com! P.S. The images in this issue are not our own unless otherwise specified. Our cover image was captured by Kendra Hyett, when a group of women (and at least one man) staged a friendly, half-clothed protest in front of a San Francisco Victoria’s Secret store in June 2013. The demonstration was called “Operation Real Bodies Real Love: About-Face Action of Body Acceptance and Self-Love!” The event intended to contrast Victoria’s Secret’s narrow definition of beauty with “real” bodies.
Living in Philadelphia, background in Graphic Design. Passionate about making a difference.
Originally from Europe, with an Associates in Science Degree towards Psychology. World peace activist with a strong desire to help people.
Graduated UVic majoring in Theatre, minoring in Film Studies. Singer, songwriter & musician working with children with Autism.
Resides on Long Island, NY. Bachelor degree in Graphic Design. Loves being a part of the Beutiful movement.
Resides in California, studying Entrepreneurship Business. Plus-size model and mental health awareness advocate.
From Melbourne, Australia. BA in Social Sciences, Policy and Research. Passionate about social education and helping to create a media literate world.
Graduated in Michigan with Communications degrees. Freelance writer and blogger with a passion for helping women with relationship-related issues.
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YOUR GUIDE TO GETTING THE PERFECT SWIMSUIT BODY By Lauren Johnson, Beutiful The dreaded swimsuit season is upon us once again. The pressure to look perfect in a piece of clingy material can drive us insane. Diet companies take full advantage of our insecurities and run round the clock ads that tell us we need to get swimsuitready. The problem is, we eat it up. The commercials and ads play with our inner fears and we go to the extreme to make ourselves flawless for three months out of the year. In reality, there are only five easy steps you need to follow to get the best swimsuit body - and keep it all year round. 1. Examine Yourself In The Mirror. Each and every day you should look at yourself closely in the mirror and admire all that you are. If you’re having a day where you don’t particularly like yourself, pick a part of your body and focus on it. For example - if you don’t like your thighs, focus on your hair. Admire the color, cut, texture, and shine. Just like on your lowest days when you wish you had something someone else has, there is someone out there that wishes they had what you have. Taking the time to focus on your appearance every day will help you to appreciate your unique qualities and help you to see your beauty. 2. Retrain Your Brain. It’s time to reprogram your brain to think differently. You are NOT all the negative things you say about yourself and you are certainly NOT all the negative things others say about you. Just like eating healthy makes you healthy, thinking positive will make you positive.
3. Don’t Give Up. Confidence and self-love don’t happen overnight. There will be days when you don’t want to see the beauty in yourself, but don’t give up. Force yourself to look in the mirror and appreciate what you have. Don’t tear yourself down just because you are having a bad day. Consistency is the key to achieving confidence. Once you become unapologetically happy with yourself, there will be little to no bad days. It sounds so corny but you really do have to believe in yourself.
4. Body + Swimsuit = Summer Ready. There is no rule here, buy whatever swimsuit you love. If you’ve always wanted to wear a string bikini but haven’t had the confidence to, GET ONE. Even if you aren’t ready to wear it in public, you should buy one and wear it at home.
It’s time to stop bashing your body because you’re having a “fat” day or a small breakout on your face. Once you start loving yourself, nothing anyone can say will hurt you. Being happy with yourself is the key to confidence.
I’ve always loved the cute frilly string bikinis, but I don’t think I could ever wear one in public. I bought one for at home and rocked the hell out of it. I think taking the chance to wear something different - even if it was just for me - it helped to build my confidence.
YOUR GUIDE TO GETTING THE PERFECT SWIMSUIT BODY, cont’d
Wear what you want to wear and don’t worry about what other people think. Fashion is a one-size-fits-all thing, it’s not just a certain body type that can wear this stuff. Rock your swimsuit of choice with all the courage and confidence you have. 5. Let It All Hang Out. Whether you have an extra five pounds or fifty, don’t spend the summer covering yourself up. When I was younger, I was so insecure with my body that I would wear shorts and a t-shirt over my swimsuit. I looked ten times bigger in the baggy clothes than I did without them. Let go of your insecurities and the feeling that people will judge you because of how you look in a swimsuit. Enjoy laying out, going to the beach, and swimming without hesitation. Let your confidence shine.
Just remember that NO BODY is perfect and that’s what makes every single one of us beautiful. Stifling ourselves to fit certain standards is depressing. Life is meant to be enjoyed. You really don’t want to look back when you’re older and say, ‘I really wish I had the guts to wear that crazy swimsuit when I was younger.’ Do it and don’t apologize for it. Love yourself and embrace the body that you were given.
Lauren Johnson lives on Long Island, New York. She graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a BA in Graphic Design. Part of the Beutiful team, Lauren also creates artwork and freelances. You can see her work at www.laurenjohnsondesigns.com! You can also read more about Lauren here!
“I have a crumble baby belly, boobs are worse for wear after two kids...I’m doing all right. I’m 33. I don’t look in the mirror and go, ‘Oh, I look fantastic!’ Of course I don’t. Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, ‘This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!’ I’m proud of that.” - Kate Winslet
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#Uncensored Recently, healthy-living blogger Brooke Birmingham called Shape magazine out for trying to censor her “after” photo in a story that talked about her impressive weight loss journey. The 28-year-old launched her blog, Brooke: Not on a Diet, in 2009 to document her weight loss as she embraced old-fashioned healthy eating habits and exercising instead of surgery or trendy diets. She began her journey at 327 pounds and over four years, lost over 170 pounds - in the process, transforming not only her body but her life. Shape magazine had reached out to Brooke last month, requesting permission from her to run her “before” and “after” photos as a success story for Shape’s website. Brooke agreed and sent Shape two photos. The magazine’s response to the pictures surprised her. Brooke had sent an “after” shot of herself in a two-piece swimsuit, unapologetically displaying several layers of loose skin around her stomach, which is common for those who have lost a lot of weight. Shape emailed her and requested that she submit a new “after” photo - wearing a shirt! Brooke refused, and decided to take a stand. Brooke posted the email exchange to her blog in a post called “Why I Refused to Put a Shirt on for Shape.” Luckily, the post went viral and created awareness for more realistic bodies being portrayed in weight loss success stories.
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It’s time for Round 2 of the SUIT URSELF Swimsuit Challenge! Last summer, we went on a body-positive journey to eliminate our insecurities and focus on having a summer of body-loving bliss. We’re launching the challenge once again, and we’re welcoming all newcomers to join the confidenceboosting adventure! If you participated last summer, feel free to submit a new swimsuit pic and give us an update on your progress toward body acceptance! For more info, click here! Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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#Anti-ThighGap Anyone with larger thighs has a reason to rejoice: there are now jeans specifically designed with you in mind! Barbell Apparel, a clothing company founded by athletes, has taken into account that not all of us have pencil-thin legs. According to Barbell Apparel co-owner Hunter Molzen, these ‘anti-thigh gap’ jeans are made to be comfortable and allow for a fuller range of movement. He said: “These are the anti-thigh gap jeans. Athletes work hard for their strong, meaty thighs and they should be proud of them. It’s how human beings were built to function.” Barbell Apparel jeans are based off of the measurements of athletes’ bodies and have the ability to stretch to a degree so that the wearer can be active in them without having to sacrifice comfort. Within 47 minutes of beginning their Kickstarter campaign, the company succeeded in raising its goal of $15,000. Even more impressive - to date, thousands of backers have helped the company raise over $348,000! It turns out, the world has been waiting for this!
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THE PROM DRESS EFFECT By Amy Kirkpatrick, Beutiful My band played an all night after-hours party the other night and around 3am - several hours after I had finished my set - I sat at the back of the room and people-watched with my best friend of the last decade. “You having any fun?” Said man to my right.
“You look like you don’t fit in here.”
“Yeah. I am. Why?”
Girl in black replies with a statement that will stick with me my whole life: “You don’t fit in here.”
I took this information and passed it on to my friend. “This is happening again? Ten years later? Do we have to come back here in prom dresses?” Let me explain:
Flashback to ten years ago, at an all ages show my friend’s band was playing. I had been friends with the guys in the band for a while, and my friend Christine and I were invited to come watch them play. Coming from a small town, these were exciting little nights, pre-drinking age where you could actually go see live music and hang out not in your parent’s basement. We loved music, and we went to these things for the shows. And okay, perhaps a little for the cute boys. To this day I remember picture perfect exactly what I was wearing. Yellow hoodie, flared jeans I bought for $30 from Capital Iron, and my hair in a ponytail. I can imagine my friend was dressed probably in the exact same attire. We stood at the back, and watched the bands play. Content with ourselves, and the night. “Hey!” Girl in black sitting against the wall calls to me. “Yes?” I smile, thinking naively that I was making a new friend. “Why are you here?” Not knowing I needed a reason to be at an open free event, I replied “My friends are playing? We were invited?”
I can’t say that at the age of 16 this didn’t hurt my feelings. I felt defensive over the fact that I was just being myself, and I felt defensive over my friend as well. We were who we were, wore what we wanted, probably never really ‘fit in’ perfectly anywhere, but we were happy. We didn’t fit in with the jocks or the popular crowd, but we never wanted to. Sure it would have been nice to get invited to parties, which we weren’t, but we made our own fun. And the friends we had were true friends.
We had none of the gossiping and bullshit that we heard went on in the cool crowd. We also didn’t fit into the rest of the groups because I feel like in high school - in a time where everyone is trying to figure out who they are - the extremes of stereotypes exist. Goths look like goths. Band geeks look like band geeks. So when you don’t fit into any of these groups, you make your own. But at the same time, the other groups are less inclined to welcome you in. Thinking of you as an alien coming to invade their judgment-free spaceships. I have found my whole life that those who assume the world around them is judging them are the quickest to judge you. So what do you do when a 16-year-old girl calls you out at a concert for not fitting in? When your heart drops just a little cause someone made you feel unwanted and not accepted? What did we do? We came back the next week wearing fucking prom dresses.
You think we don’t fit in now? We’re coming back looking like goddamn Barbie dolls. That’s how they saw us, we were going to give them that. Laughing at ourselves, laughing in the face of judgment. What else could we do? We weren’t going to cater to their wants by never coming back, but we also weren’t willing to change who we were for the sake of fitting in. Whatever that means. It’s just an illusion, really. One of my favorite lyrics is “I’m afraid of men with clocks for eyes and suits for skin.” This applies to everyone - hipsters included, 16-year-old goths included. If you are wearing a suit of any kind that isn’t genuine to who you are and what you believe in, you’re not being yourself. You’re being someone else. Congratulations, you fit in. And for the record, I’m not dissing (using high school language cause I’m in this mindset now) hipsters or goths. Both of these groups include some of my most loving, wonderful friends. What I’m not okay with, is not
“I remember when I was in school, the whole reason I started writing songs was because I was alone a lot of the time. I’d sit there in school and I’d be hearing people like, ‘Oh my god, this party that we’re going to is gonna be so awesome on Friday. Everyone’s invited except for Taylor.’” - Taylor Swift
THE PROM DRESS EFFECT, cont’d
being yourself, or feeling like you can’t. I’ll never be okay with that. I could name 100 scenarios where I haven’t fit in. Thirteen years of dance classes where the girls wouldn’t talk to me and I stood alone at the back all those years. I was however, the only person that was ever asked to compete, that didn’t have to audition. The mean little girls didn’t like that too much. Baseball practices where I was the only girl 7 years in a row. I wasn’t good at baseball, but I loved it. Didn’t fit in there, either. Junior high, copy and paste my high school experience. I didn’t have a group exactly, but I had a handful of wonderful friends. That’s where I discovered my love of theatre, which became my first experience of what fitting in felt like. The kind of fitting in that took no effort, no wardrobe changes. It was a Breakfast Club of diversity where no one looked like each other, or came from the same group of friends, which in turn, made us all not fit in equally. In a world where everyone is 100% themselves, you feel welcome. You feel the same in a very good way. The best compliment my father ever gave me was when I was working in the clubs as a lighting tech. He came to visit me one night at I’ll say...the clubbiest of clubs, downtown Vancouver. That night, a group of women decided to come dressed as slutty nurses, it wasn’t Halloween. It was definitely nowhere near Halloween. The men that frequented this place were the kind that would grab your ass on the way to the washroom, degrading every bone in my body. I learned very quickly in this environment how to defend myself and my honor. I also learned that I could kung fu a man if he ever tried to touch me without my consent. “Dad, I don’t think I fit in here.” I confessed to him, questioning my decision to put myself in such an environment. “Amy,” he said with a smile, “You could never fit in here.” To this day that tears me up. He gave me the validation to not fit in. To never fit in. I’ll always be thankful to him, and to that club experience for that. We learned our own little lesson as well that night, the night we came back to the all ages show in prom dresses. We thought, this’ll show them!
Reminder - we were 16 - with hurt feelings, and felt we had to do something to stand up for ourselves. Truth be told, no one even noticed. We were expecting a Can’t Hardly Wait, Jennifer Love Hewitt, cue Sneaker Pimps music type of scenario. That didn’t happen. We realized that one girl’s opinion wasn’t that of everyone else there. It was blown up in our minds because I think that’s what we needed at the time. That’s what you need at the insecure age of 16. You need little challenges and reminders to fight for what you believe in. To fight for yourself. And what did we do, ten years later, at a party that not only we were invited to, but my band played at? On paper, I’d say that’s the definition of ‘fitting in’ somewhere, but it wasn’t good enough for man to my right stating that we didn’t. We danced till 5am. No prom dresses. No confrontations. Sure we were still confused as to why we looked like we didn’t fit in, but realized there really was no answer. There was no rhyme or reason to fitting in. So I empathize with any of you reading this who have had any of these experiences, who always feel like the ‘other’ and never the same as the world around you. To the extraordinary humans who are different, and who choose lifestyles that may not be like anyone else’s. And to my dear friend Christine who stands by my side throughout all of these life experiences. I say to you, with a smile: You could never fit in.
Amy graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Theatre, and minoring in Film Studies. A singer, songwriter and musician, she spent the last few years under the band name Data Romance. She now works with children with Autism, using music and art to connect and learn. Check out Amy’s blog, Three Cocktails or read more about her here!
“One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.” - Gabourey Sidibe
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#Anonymous Lindsay Bottos, a 21-year-old artist from Baltimore and senior at the Maryland Institute College Of Art, experienced unbelievable cruelty on the internet and decided to turn it into something amazing and powerful. Lindsay turned the online bullying she endured into a feminist art project that went viral on Tumblr. Screen-capping some of the anonymous messages and placing them over her photos, she epitomizes how women are treated on the internet. Lindsay called her project “Anonymous” and it resonated deeply with the Tumblr community. The description of Lindsay’s Tumblr post reads: “Some new stuff I’m working on, I get tons of anonymous messages like this every day and while this isn’t unique to women, the content of the messages and the frequency in which I get them are definitely related to my gender. I almost exclusively get them after I post selfies. The authority people feel they have to share their opinion on my appearance is something myself and many other girls online deal with daily. The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on and a society that profits off of the insecurities that it perpetuates. Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that, they declare that ‘hey I look awesome today and I want to share that with everyone’ and that’s pretty revolutionary.”
CLICK HERE to learn more about the “Anonymous” Tumblr project! LINDSAY BOTTOS
I AM A HUMAN I am a human. I have skin And hair And arms And legs And sometimes stretch marks And sometimes scars And some are self-inflicted, And I am curvy And I am slender And I have a brain with which to think And I have eyes with which to see.
I am not an object to be bought, sold or owned I am your equal, not your subordinate. I deserve love I deserve respect I deserve to be happy, But sometimes it’s okay to be sad. I deserve to be the best me I can be And I deserve you to be okay with that. I am a human and so are you. BY CHARLES FRIEDMAN, OWNER OF EVERYBODIESBEAUTIFULIMAGE TUMBLR
I am not your possession but you can stand beside me
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#Adopted Kim Kelley-Wagner made an amazing decision to adopt two little girls from China, who are now 13 and 17 years old. She was prepared for the joys of raising her two daughters, but she never could have imagined the multitude of rude, ignorant comments she would faced daily over the years due to her daughters’ different race. Kim finally had enough, and decided to create a controversial photo series with her daughters to show just how hurtful words could be. Kim explains: “We would be shopping, and cashiers or store clerks would say things like, ‘How much did she cost?’ or ‘You could have bought a car for what it probably cost to adopt her.’ I would answer, ‘Are you interested in adoption?’ If they said no, I’d say, ‘Why are you asking?’ My response made them consider the impact of their words.” The series was named “Things said to or about my adopted daughters.” Kim said, “I wanted to turn this into a teachable moment, especially because I don’t want the girls to internalize this negativity.” Apparently, Kim’s 17-year-old is learning to respond to the comments well - in a recent exchange, a couple approached Kim and her daughters. The woman remarked “I couldn’t love someone I didn’t give birth to.” Kim’s daughter quickly responded “Oh, did you give birth to your husband?” Kim was extremely proud.
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RACISM AND ALL THE LINES BETWEEN By Sara-Loretta Hardin, Beutiful Racism is a touchy subject for many and although at times I have been hesitant to publicly address the issue with my own feelings and perspective, this time I choose not to stand in the background. I want to talk about this subject openly and in a way that addresses my feelings and those of others. Some people look at me and to them, I am “white.” On paper, I rarely have a choice to select anything other than “Caucasian” even though I am of European decent, but that’s besides the point. I am “me”, I am “human”. I personally don’t see people in “color” as many do. I see people for who they are, for their hearts and personality. It’s 2014, and racism is still a common occurrence even though society has come a long way. There is still work to be done. Maybe racism will never be 100% removed from society, but I hope that we can eliminate it as much as possible. I myself endured racism in the past and still do to this day - especially in the area I live in. It is unfortunate but I was constantly thrown (especially coming into this country at a young age) into the same category as racist “white” folks. In certain instances, I have been automatically deemed racist by some just because of my almost “white” skin, although I have an olive complexion.
People must remember this country is a “melting pot”, full of mixed races and cultures. I remember being in a college that was predominantly one race and automatically despised by some “just because.”
Having to walk around being glared at and categorized was a very hurtful thing to go through and no matter what I just stood strong, smiled, and walked on even if some were wondering/saying out loud, “What’s that white girl doing smiling at me?” or “Who does she think she is coming here?” I will continue to be nice to everyone no matter what, because at least I know I am one step ahead! Why should anyone of ANY ethnicity have to be hated for what a culture’s most horrid ancestors have done? It is wrong and must stop! Even now, I still endure racism just as many others do. I could sit here and write a book about everything that I ever endured concerning racism but that is not the point. The point is that no one deserves to be categorized. Racism is an issue that happens on all angles and until people realize it’s not all “one-sided”, things will never change. Another factor that does not help is that the media has become so distorted and such a huge influence in fueling the fire and making sure they keep people divided. I have friends of many ethnicities that can agree on that. To clarify - it is good to bring news to society’s attention, but when the news starts to divide people it becomes a large part of the problem. Unity is what the world needs, not division. Thank goodness I was
the person’s race) and it was on something that a very famous and wonderful artist/musician had posted in regards to a photo/model: “She is indeed beautiful - I agree with that. The problem is that people tend to constantly bring up “white” or “black”. It is not about color. It is about the persons heart, mind, and soul. This world would be a better place if people would quit with the referencing of a person’s color and just accept people for who they are. In my eyes we are all one. I don’t see “color”. Maybe that is something you and many others need to think about. And before you assume, don’t judge what ethnicity I may be, please. Thank you and have a good day. Peace and Bliss.” As I have always mentioned, my motto is: “Learn history but do not live it”. So please stop racism on all angles and help this world be a better place now and for our future generations!
raised to never judge a book by its cover and my child is being raised with that very important lesson that many people obviously lack. Here is something that I have recently posted in a comment towards someone on a social networking site who was being a bit ignorant (I will not mention
Sara-Loretta Hardin is a mom, wife, daughter, writer, poet, artist, advocate against abuse, equal rights activist, freedom fighter and world peace activist. She has an Associates in Science Degree towards Psychology and has had a strong desire to help people her whole life. You can read more about her here!
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” - Maya Angelou
“If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won’t either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.” - Marian Wright Edelman “I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” - Morgan Freeman “Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” - Denis Leary
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#MomBodies Jade Beall is a photographer focused on showing women that their bodies are stunning in every stage of life. Her “A Beautiful Body project” aims to make women come together to share their stories and celebrate their changing bodies “so that future generations of women can live free from self-suffering.” Part of this mission is her newest book of photographs - “The Bodies of Mothers,” which showcases women’s bodies in every stage of pregnancy. The book was made available on Mother’s Day, in celebration of the women that give us life. Jade’s work has inspired thousands through her commitment to not airbrush or digitally augment the bodies in her images. Her work is an antithesis of the commercialized woman’s body. Here, stretch marks, C-section scars, and rounded bellies are the marks of a woman who has grown life inside her. They’re brandings of power, yet when the media airbrushes them from view, they’re treated like badges of shame. Jade said, “My mission as a photographer is to reflect the physical and emotional gorgeousness of women in their authentic beauty.” Jade’s sole mission is to change that standard of beauty from one that’s exclusive and based on illusion to one that includes actual women and is rooted deeply in reality.
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WALK WITH PURPOSE By Charles Friedman, Everybodiesbeautifulimage It’s a brand new day and yesterday is over. All the stuff that happened is done and gone, so don’t even think about it. Today you are beautiful, today you are strong, today you’re going to walk with your head up high, shoulders back, standing straight and tall, today you’re going to walk with purpose!
Today you’re going to rise to the top and you’re never going to stop. Today you’re going to strive for perfection and achieve excellence! Today you’re going to ask for what you want and you’re going to get it because you’re confident that you can. Don’t be afraid, whether it’s asking for a date or a raise or even an extra shot of espresso in your morning latte.
Today you’re not going to let anything stand in your way. Today you’re not going to let negative people affect you.
You’re going to have a great day today. You’re going to have a day of triumph, a day of winning, a day that you look upon and say, OMG I really kicked ass and took names today.
And you’re going to do this every day and you’re going to be all right.
Charles Friedman works to spread acceptance and understanding through social media platforms. You can follow him on his Everybodiesbeautifulimage blog on Tumblr, his Twitter account @Ebipositivity or contact him via email!
BIRTH IN REPOSE A stone is cast into the water / A small ripple heads for shore It finds its way across the distance / And draws strength from the sea’s support The sea nurtures the ripple into a wave / The wave reaches for the sky And draws back water from the land / As it prepares to die Just before it crashes down / Achieving its final strike It casts a stone into the water / Where a ripple finds new life.
BY CHARLES FRIEDMAN, OWNER OF EVERYBODIESBEAUTIFULIMAGE TUMBLR
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#BodyLove At a time when we’re saturated with photoshopped images of models in media and advertising, it’s can be difficult for women to appreciate their unique bodies. If women knew just how important it was for them to love, appreciate and accept their bodies, maybe their feelings toward their bodies would change. Blogger Jes Baker and photographer Jade Beall have embarked on a bodyacceptance series that was shown at Jes’ April 2014 Body Love Conference at the University of Arizona. For the series, women were asked to pose with their mothers, daughters and grandmothers to complete the sentence “I/We need Body Love because _______.” Jes explained: “As women, we are so often taught how to feel about our bodies by the women that precede us in our families. To bring them all together at different stages in life to speak about the same topic was an incredible experience for all. It’s critical that we remember that the ‘body love torch’ is held high by women of all sizes, shapes, shades, and ages. Acts of radical self-love are executed by women from all walks of life; integral ladies of the movement may be five or 95… there is no limit.” The results from this Body Love series are stunning and powerful. Here are some of the portraits and responses that Jes and Jade collected.
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