My Body Stories
Always Something To Dislike
At almost 30, I realize, no matter what, I have never been happy with my body. There is always something I hate. I grew up being very, very thin. I have IBS, and it was especially bad in my youth/teenage years so eating almost always made me nauseous. I had a high metabolism and good genes. When I was a kid, looking at photos now especially, at times I looked scary thin.
Still See My 180 lb Girl
I grew up in a part of the country where being overweight is commonplace. About a year ago, I moved to Los Angeles with big dreams and a bigger waistline than I wanted. I was 183 lbs. For my 5'7" frame it was a little heavier than healthy and working on set was miserable; the long days of lifting were near torture. Don't even get me started on the social pressures of being surrounded by models and actresses everywhere I went. I knew I needed to make a change if I wanted to achieve my career goal.
The War on Female Nipples Impacts Body Image Too
This issue’s feature story for the newletter was going to be about our updated guidelines for picture uploads, but a little Facebook snafu provided a more provocative topic. On our Facebook page (which you should follow if you don’t already), we regularly post articles of interest about body image and body positivity. Sometimes these venture into areas that some people might consider risqué. We try to flag such articles as NSFW (not safe for work) or somehow indicate that the content might be problematic. Usually the thumbnail images accompanying articles have been chosen to be “Facebook friendly” (e.g. no female nipples), but occasionally they are borderline.
Social Media Link Roundup
Here are some of the most popular posts and shares on our social media lately. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more articles about body image and body positivity in your feeds. Join the comments and debates!