As women, many of us are unhappy with one aspect or another of ourselves, with many needing to love our bodies more.
I recently went along to a screening of the social impact documentary “Embrace”, by Taryn Brumfitt. Taryn is an Aussie Mum who, in 2014, sparked an international media frenzy when she published an unconventional “before and after” photo of herself. In the before picture, Taryn was looking slim and trim whilst competing in a body building competition. However, she was very unhappy at the time. The after photo shows a happier Taryn, naked and looking like your average happy woman. The images have been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide!
The publication of the photos caused quite a stir, with Taryn copping a great deal of online abuse as well as a groundswell of support. I can’t show you the pics due to copyright, but you can view them here … in case you’re not among the 100 million who have already seen them! 🙂
The Body Image Movement is born
Taryn has started a movement! It’s called the Body Image Movement. She is now on a crusade to encourage all women to work collectively to stop the toxic messages and self-judgement, to prevent us obsessing about our looks and encourage us to love our bodies. She wants to boost our self-worth, get us to stop judging ourselves and have us learn to accept that we are all beautiful, no matter what our shape, size or colour.
Embrace was funded by a Kickstarter campaign which attracted nearly 9000 pledges!
Embrace isn’t just Taryn’s story, it’s EVERY woman’s story. In the movie, she interviews a range of amazing women from across the globe, who all share their personal stories and body issues.
During the movie, I found myself questioning the relevance of my own long-held body issues. Sure, I’d already had a major reality check when my Mum became a double amputee. It made me realise that, although my “front row forward” thighs are a little on the heavy side, it really doesn’t matter, as they do a mighty fine job of carrying me around!
Some of my biggest take-aways were (some may be paraphrased rather than quoted):
Stop being at war with your body
Consider the strength of your character and spirit. It doesn’t need a perfect body, it just needs a kind and resilient heart.
Your body is not an ornament, it is the vehicle to your dreams
It’s not about what you look like, it’s about what you can do!
Stop hating your body: Start living your life
and my personal favourite …
Embrace certainly is a thought-provoking movie. Some women have called it life-changing :).
If you haven’t already seen Embrace, I highly recommend you watch it. You can purchase it on DVD in Big W and JB Hi-Fi. If you have daughters or granddaughters, ask them to watch it too. Let’s encourage our girls with a message that we can all love our bodies. Together, we can replace the global body-hating epidemic with self-love, acceptance and body love.
Have you seen Embrace? Do you think, as women, we are able to truly love our bodies?
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