In the past week my social feeds have been awash with this brilliant response from two bloggers towards the PW advert. I wholeheartedly appreciated their message of actually “my body is already bikini ready (see image)”. Yep, any body is bikini ready because you know what, we all have bodies. The sentiment of the advert is the issue, not the model. Then I read an article which really made me annoyed. A brave and brilliant woman, Juliette Burton tweeted to PW about how their advert played on her anxiety of her body image issues. Their response was nothing short of disgusting and cruel, the responses came from the CEO and MD. Wow guys you really know how to empower someone and make them feel good about themselves don’t you? Two men in a position of power being purposely unkind. Funnily enough the cowards deleted their tweets, shame for you that snipping tools exist chaps!
Anyway it got me thinking, and it got me juiced up to write this blog post. As a body confidence campaigner and someone who has struggled with body image issues I just think we need to stop shaming and start appreciating what is right for OUR body. Because frankly who knows your body better than you? I just finished a circuits class and i’m so glad that I feel fit and strong. My friend Laura took this image of me before yoga and one of the first things I saw was the roll on my tummy.
Why? Because I have been conditioned to believe that I should have no rolls, be perfect. Um reality check, i’m not perfect. I have fat, it keeps me warm and it keeps me alive. I live in this body and I respect it and I don’t care what others say about it. I just cannot fathom saying cruel things to people about their bodies, what do they get out of it? Does it help people sleep better at night knowing they’ve made someone feel crappy. I sure hope not! So mean people keep your thoughts to yourselves? Instead of saying mean things why don’t you use that energy for something useful and donate to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal?