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NSFW 18+, 
I love being naked. 
For some reason, I feel the most confident when everything is out there. Even though I love fashion and I love clothes. I love even more being able to see and feel all my soft flesh.
Starting in elementary school, I walked around with my stomach sucked in and my chest pushed out. I taught myself to stand and walk this way so I would be more attractive to boys. 
This was the start of how I would view my fat body for years to come. I would grab and manipulate my fat in the mirror, imagining how much better I could look if I moved my stomach fat to my breasts or my butt. I only felt confident in clothes that depicted my body as something it wasn’t—you know, what they call “flattering.”
Everything changed after realizing I was gay, because those ideas about how I believed men wanted me to look melted away. I realized that I’m the only person whose opinion matters about me. Now my hair is platinum blonde and pink, I have a fairy tattoo, I wear clothes that I love, and I love my short, round, squishy body. I feel like a teddy bear, I feel like fairies and fluffy kittens and marshmallows and clouds. I feel like an adorable mythological being. At 4’ 10” and 150 pounds and the way I present myself, I’m not like everyone else. I transcended normality. 
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NSFW 18+, 

I love being naked. 

For some reason, I feel the most confident when everything is out there. Even though I love fashion and I love clothes. I love even more being able to see and feel all my soft flesh.

Starting in elementary school, I walked around with my stomach sucked in and my chest pushed out. I taught myself to stand and walk this way so I would be more attractive to boys. 

This was the start of how I would view my fat body for years to come. I would grab and manipulate my fat in the mirror, imagining how much better I could look if I moved my stomach fat to my breasts or my butt. I only felt confident in clothes that depicted my body as something it wasn’t—you know, what they call “flattering.”

Everything changed after realizing I was gay, because those ideas about how I believed men wanted me to look melted away. I realized that I’m the only person whose opinion matters about me. Now my hair is platinum blonde and pink, I have a fairy tattoo, I wear clothes that I love, and I love my short, round, squishy body. I feel like a teddy bear, I feel like fairies and fluffy kittens and marshmallows and clouds. I feel like an adorable mythological being. At 4’ 10” and 150 pounds and the way I present myself, I’m not like everyone else. I transcended normality. 

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graciehagen:

Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays the only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.  

Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.  

Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing. 

Photographer: Gracie Hagen

Anonymous Post NSFW 18+: Posing matters.

Sorry for the non-face, but you never know where your pics end up on the internet.

The first is what I look like with my arms stretched up, without a bra - it matters because my big chest is a huge factor of insecurity for me. 

The second is what i look like when i hunch over.

It’s such a big difference - but you know what? The body is stil the same. And it’s freaking adorable to boot! And while my chest may be very large and thusly not very perky at all, I still think it fits me and I love these two suckers. 

(it’s just very, very interesting to try those before-after-pic scamming tactics for yourself. Because it can make you look like two entirely different people.)

My body is cute. I am so glad to have it.

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I have curly bleach damaged hair, a purple birth mark on my cheek, scars from an old lip and monroe piercing, self harm scars, hairy legs and armpits, a soft tummy, sharp hip bones, a thigh gap and stretch marks. I’m not sorry for any of it. I’m fighting back against every voice, external and internal, that tells me my body warrants shame. 
I’m learning how to celebrate my body with the way I think about it, talk about it, and treat it. I eat the way that makes me feel good and  modify my body in ways that express my personality. I dress the way I like to dress, take lots of baths, have lots of good sex, and dance a lot. Sometimes I smoke and drink, sometimes I go on juice fasts, sometimes I eat candy and pizza, sometimes I do yoga and go running, sometimes I spend all day in bed watching movies. I never feel guilty for doing what I want to do. 
As women, we are raised to not feel like we own our bodies. But we do. Our bodies. Our choices. Our lives. You do you.
here’s my blog
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I have curly bleach damaged hair, a purple birth mark on my cheek, scars from an old lip and monroe piercing, self harm scars, hairy legs and armpits, a soft tummy, sharp hip bones, a thigh gap and stretch marks. I’m not sorry for any of it. I’m fighting back against every voice, external and internal, that tells me my body warrants shame. 

I’m learning how to celebrate my body with the way I think about it, talk about it, and treat it. I eat the way that makes me feel good and  modify my body in ways that express my personality. I dress the way I like to dress, take lots of baths, have lots of good sex, and dance a lot. Sometimes I smoke and drink, sometimes I go on juice fasts, sometimes I eat candy and pizza, sometimes I do yoga and go running, sometimes I spend all day in bed watching movies. I never feel guilty for doing what I want to do. 

As women, we are raised to not feel like we own our bodies. But we do. Our bodies. Our choices. Our lives. You do you.

here’s my blog

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mayb8e:

I truly feel like if you’re picky about pubes or whether or not someone’s circumcised or how big/small someone’s areolas are or ANYTHING like that you’re not mature enough to be sexual with another person. Wait a few years, hang out on pornhub till then

hi, so this is me, i haven’t always got on with the way i have looked, years of up and downs, but now at 23, after having a beautiful baby girl, i am happy and confident. 
i have to remember what i see in the mirror is not what every one else sees, mostly i need to just smile. 
you can find me here - http://hereilayjustlikealways.tumblr.com/
katy 
xxx
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hi, so this is me, i haven’t always got on with the way i have looked, years of up and downs, but now at 23, after having a beautiful baby girl, i am happy and confident. 

i have to remember what i see in the mirror is not what every one else sees, mostly i need to just smile. 

you can find me here - http://hereilayjustlikealways.tumblr.com/

katy 

xxx

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