For about 3 years in high school, I was "underweight" on the charts, but I was still uncomfortable with my body. I vowed never to get to 120 lbs, and if I did, to try and stay under. I'm just over 5'6". My average weight for years ranged from 111 - 115 lbs, and at the time I felt 115 was on the heavier side.
Like thousands of other girls out there, I've was picked on for being fat. My whole childhood, up until I was about 15, I was ridiculed for being chubby girl. I remember having a crush on a boy in primary school. When he found out, he ran to the bath room and pretended to vomit. He was "grossed out" and embarrassed that the fat girl had a crush on him.
"Thunder Thighs". That was the nickname I developed at 12 years old, and it is one of the phrases I still mutter to myself today--at 22!
When my mother had me, I was what people call a "pre-mi". I couldn't tell you exactly how early I was born but it was between 1-2 months. My parents had given birth to four girls and we were all thin.
I remember the first time I realized I was "fat." I was 11 years old and at summer camp. I looked down and realized my belly stood out farther than most of the other girls. For a couple of years I worried about it.
This is my body. I have absolutely no shame in putting this story out there. Sure I have my bad days but at the end of the day I am completely comfortable with myself.
One time in middle school, I was sitting on the bus with my friend. And she said, "Olivia, dont you know how many guys would have a crush on you if you were shorter." I didn't like this.
I've always had a good healthy body image. And I can totally credit my mum for this. I compare it to what we hear nowadays and what young girls hear their mums talking about.
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