How To Love Your Body: 11 Real Girls Stories

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How To Love Your Body: 11 Real Girls Stories
How To Love Your Body: 11 Real Girls Stories

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"Before I could heal my relationship with my body, I had to understand why I hated it so much at all."

Our bodies aren't just about looking good. They are the means to live, breathe and experience everything the world has to offer. So why, historically, have we eschewed bodies just because they are of different shapes, sizes, and different functions? Over the past few years, the one-size-fits-all approach to beauty standards has finally begun to dwindle as the body positive movement has had a strong ripple effect and has a strong impact on how people perceive themselves.

Finally, we see more and more people who feel happy and are not ashamed of their bodies. These women don't want bigger buttocks, straighter hair or a smaller waist, and they want you to do the same. And now they will tell you how they learned to truly love themselves - exactly as they are - in a world that tries to dictate who is beautiful and what is beautiful.

Megan jayne crabbe

“Before I could heal my relationship with my body, I had to understand why I hated it so much at all. By studying the culture of dieting, fat shaming, and all the conditions that make our bodies a problem (so industries can benefit from our insecurities!), I've changed my life. I refuse to waste a minute believing that I am not worthy of a fulfilling life because I do not fit into the ideal of patriarchal beauty. I never deserved to be taught that my dignity comes down to what my body looks like and the dignity of the person reading this."

Megan jayne crabbe
Megan jayne crabbe

Bethany Purnell

“After the surgery that changed my life, I really realized that we only have one life, and it is sacred and precious. Life is too short to be negative and too difficult to perceive.

Before the operation, I thought my life was ruined [Bethany has Crohn's disease and wears a permanent ileostomy bag]. I thought I could never wear the same clothes, wear a bikini, and I thought that I would never find someone who would love me with all my extra luggage (literally). But I really proved to myself that I was wrong, and I won. I am proud of myself and my body and I think everyone else should feel the same way!"

Stephanie yeboah

“My turning point was in the bathroom in Barcelona after losing 25kg for a bikini vacation. I was at the bottom of my mental health, and although I had a "bikini body" I realized I had badly damaged it. I realized that instead of apologizing for my body, I should apologize to it. Then I decided to go on a journey full of self-love."

Stephanie yeboah
Stephanie yeboah

Breanne Rice

“When I turned 30, I realized that I no longer want to feel insecure about my vitiligo. I wanted to love and accept myself for who I am. I wanted to feel beautiful despite my insecurities. I'm tired of hiding my insecurities with makeup. I want to use my story to help others feel confident and beautiful in their own skin and to embrace their own uniqueness … but first I had to become vulnerable in my own struggles."

“Now, I do not wear makeup to hide my condition, but because it is my own choice, and I like to experiment with different fashion trends and wear makeup. We are all beautiful in our own way; we need to stop seeing our differences as flaws and compare ourselves to others, but just love and accept who we are."

Joann van den herik

“About three years ago, I was 100% sure that the only way for me to be popular, loved and successful was to be thin. I was obsessed with losing weight and have tried everything: cleansing juices, diets, slimming teas, whatever you name it, I've tried.

Joann van den herik
Joann van den herik

“I lost weight, but I didn't feel better. It didn't change my mental state. So I tried to get rid of this obsessive thought and changed the environment around me by removing negative people, which really helped. Other people's opinions can really have a big impact on you, and if you surround yourself with negativity, those are your thoughts. I found out about Iskra Lawrence and Ashley Graham on Instagram, and seeing them so successful, so happy and so confident, I knew I could be too. I started working on myself, my state of mind, my thoughts and problems, and not on my appearance. I also started following Megan Crabbe on Instagram, she is so honest and real, I love it. These three women helped me accept myself, and now I can do the same for others. Because honestly I wantso that no one ever feels like me."

Tess daly

“Despite the fact that I loved fashion, I was very insecure about my body while I was in university, and usually dressed very modestly and simply. I didn't think glamor was for me - it was for those beauties with incredible figures who could walk around and show off what they were wearing.

“After university I became interested in fashion, and my relationship with the image changed. I didn't want to dress other people anymore. I wanted to catch glances at myself. Like a magic switch, I realized that fashion is for everyone. I myself was the only person who dictated to myself that this was not for me. As soon as I saw myself in beautiful things, I fell in love with incredible styles. One day I try on glamor, the next I'm in grunge style. Everyone can be whatever they want!

Tess daly
Tess daly

Bianca lawrence

“My depression was getting out of hand; I had no motivation to eat or do anything, so one day I said to myself: “Life is too short, and I need to live while I am on this earth”. I wanted to feel free and be who I really am, without hiding behind clothes and hair extensions. On February 16, 2017, I posted my first Instagram post about my keloids and this is the best thing I've ever done.

Bianca lawrence
Bianca lawrence

“This was my first step towards freedom. Not only did I receive positive comments, my photography allowed me to meet other people who were struggling with the same problems as me. Since that day, I have never looked back. Now I love my skin and will continue to fill myself with love."

Amalie lee

“Before, I absolutely hated every part of my body, I suffered from anorexia. But when I recovered, it taught me to look at my body in a completely different way. I learned to appreciate my body for everything it can do for me, and not for the way it looks."

Grace Mandeville

“I truly believe that I am self-confident because of my biggest difference - the hand that was not born. When you get used to looking completely different, everything else in the body seems so insignificant. There is no point in worrying about someone looking at the stretch marks on my thigh when I don't have half of the limb everyone is staring at."

Grace Mandeville
Grace Mandeville

“How did I get to the point where I fell in love with my half of my hand? To be honest, I think I should thank my parents. They never treated me differently or told me that I could not do something. They forced me to wear a prosthetic arm when I was little (the doctors recommended it), but they realized that I didn't want to wear it when I started taking off my prosthetic arm in the supermarket and throwing it at people. I'm pretty sure this isn't what you'd expect to see on Sunday morning at the grocery store …"

Jessica megan

“One of the key moments that helped me achieve true confidence in my body was when I was writing science fiction material and looking at a photograph of the Earth from space. She looked like a speck of dust in the sunbeam in the endless darkness. So tiny. It put my feelings about human life in perspective. How our life flashes on the great timeline of the cosmos, and how little time we have to influence something. I’m unlikely to let my cellulite and fat on my back stop me from enjoying the only chance at life I got.

Jessica megan
Jessica megan

“I strive to be proud of my body on some days and neutral on other days.”

Michelle elman

“When I was 19 years old, I was hospitalized for the 15th operation. I was bedridden for 6 weeks, unable to move, eat or even drink water - and it made me realize that all the scars I hated all over my body had meaning. They are the reason I am alive and the reason I was able to live outside the hospital.

Michelle elman
Michelle elman

“It freed me from the self-doubt that I allowed to limit my life. I realized that life was ending, and all I thought about were all the opportunities that I missed because I believed that people would discuss me. The opinions of other people are not really important in the context of death, and it was a hard wake-up call that I needed to begin to appreciate every moment in my body."

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