Do you have days when you get up and just feel rubbish? I do. Now summer is coming, I’m bombarded with adverts telling me how I need to look. And it’s giving me a complex. All I want to do is leap out of bed in the morning feel fabulous, amazing, wonderful. But I don’t. How can I feel fabulous? Maybe by learning to accept my imperfections?
Being able to feel fabulous is important. If I am wracked with self-doubt, low self-esteem, and rock bottom confidence levels this will impact on my kids.
My little people are growing up in a world where how you look is all encompassing. And soon they will be linked, co-joined to this digitally enhanced world where what you see isn’t totally real.
The State of Mind Report says: ” The unrealistic expectations set by social media may leave young people with feelings of self-consciousness, low self-esteem and the pursuit of perfectionism which can manifest as anxiety disorders.”
Feel fabulous – Learning to accept my imperfections
To address my need to feel fabulous I have been looking around for inspiration from women who have shaken off the shackles self-conscious anxiety and are saying: “Hell yeah, I don’t give a crap. I am fabulous, and the world better believe it.” They’ve learnt to accept their imperfections and now they feel fabulous. Yes, I want some of that, please!
Four women helping me to accept my imperfections to feel fabulous
1. I thank Lena Dunham for her imperfect thighs
At the start of this year, Lena Dunham appeared on the front of the February edition of Glamour magazine, looking fabulous, in pink hotpants with her imperfect thighs.
“Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without Photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display,” she points out. “Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn’t matter — my body isn’t fair game. No one’s is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there’s a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful.”
Thanks, Lena, this summer I shall be gracing the beach with my imperfect thighs.
2. With Virgie Tovar, I am a babe!
I love the Call Your Girlfriend podcast. I don’t get to listen to it as often as I’d like to. If you get the chance tune in, it’s for long-distance besties everywhere, including you!
I discovered Virgie Tovar on Call Your Girlfriend. Virgie is an author, activist and leading expert of fat discrimination.
What I love about Virgie is the total acceptance of who she is. And the world just has to accept that.
I love that Virgie runs Babecamp to help us break up with diet culture and become a babe.
Thanks, Virgie, time to reclaim my inner babe!
3. And Taryn Brumfitt is helping me be unstoppable!
The Body Image Movement is turning into a global force to rid the world of the body hating epidemic. And leading the charge is Taryn Brumfitt, an Aussie mum of three.
The Body Image Movement aims to teach us to stop hating and feeling ashamed of ourselves and to love our bodies from the inside out.
Taryn also runs the Unstoppable, a six-week personal development growth program to empower ourselves and make changes to our life.
Thanks, Taryn, it’s time to be unstoppable
4. The Every Body Project
I’ve just discovered the Every Body Project over on Instagram. Miss Eaves started the account because she couldn’t find style blogs that reflect people like her, or me or you.
Miss Eaves is a brilliant asset to the body positivity movement. Her message is to feel joy about your body. Don’t apologise for not being thin, love your curves, celebrate your thighs.
And talking about thighs Miss Eaves has created this amazing song and video “Thunder Thighs“.
Thanks, Miss Eaves, so what if my thighs thunder, I’m gonna love them!
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