The past couple of days I've seen a photo of a twenty something girl on Facebook wearing nothing but a pair of black panties and matching bra. She's not exposing anymore than a bathing suite would show and she's not posing in a seductive manner. Nope. She's got her arms out to her sides as if to say, "Here I am in all my glory and I'm not ashamed one bit."
Whoa! She's brave!
That was my first thought.
Then I started reading some of the comments. THOUSANDS of comments and over 100,000 likes. While the majority of them are supportive and "You go girl" encouraging words, there are a few that are mean and extremely negative.
And I bet every one of them were bullies in school. Jerks!
I wanted to show you the girl's post, but after 15 minutes of scrolling down through the Facebook statuses, I finally gave up. Instead, here's a model from a Dove commercial that looks almost identical. (Except the obvious white undies)
Isn't she beautiful?
It made me think of my own self image and the years of rude comments, not only from strangers, but from family members who should have loved me as I was. After hearing the negativity over and over you begin to believe it. Begin to think badly of yourself and at some point I began repeating those words to myself every time I looked in the mirror or couldn't get my jeans zipped up.
Over the years things haven't changed much. I look in the mirror now and cringe. I don't love my body or what I've allowed myself to do with it. I'm much larger than this gorgeous young woman and haven't cared much about being healthy.
I need to change that. Both the healthy part and the self image part. While I know being healthy is important, there's nothing wrong with me loving my body the way it is. Just because I have more curves than the average woman, doesn't mean I can't embrace them, right?
What do you think? Do you embrace your body regardless of it's imperfections?
Here's a video from DOVE I'd like to share with you.