This is a place of encouragement, a place to discuss body image, insecurities, self-esteem, and everything under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love.

No matter what you look like, what color, what gender, sexual orientation, what size or however many "flaws", healthy, not healthy, working on it, abled, disabled, we are all human, we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to love ourselves. With this blog you will see all kinds of REAL bodies, REAL people, REAL stories.

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TRIGGER WARNING: FANTASIES OF SELF MUTILATION, SELF LOATHING, PANIC ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL IDEATION AND MEASUREMENTS
The photo is a candid of me from last week. For context, I guess. It shows my body more than most other pictures.
I don’t love my body like I should, but I’m getting there. I don’t have an extraordinary story, or experience, what I want to share is an incredibly ordinary story, and I think that’s just as important. 
I’m 17 now. And I’m 30 pounds heavier than I was when I was two years ago. In number that’s not a lot of weight, but on my body, it is. Weight gain is my story, and like I said, it’s incredibly ordinary.
I never liked my body. I can remember, quite vividly, being 9 years old, walking home from school and thinking about cutting off parts of my thighs and sewing them back up smaller. It’s quite disturbing to me now, 8 years later that I could even think such a thing, but I did. I hated my thighs, but that wasn’t my first time wanting to change my appearance. When I was 7, I wanted nothing more than a nose job. At seven years old. That scares me now. Thinking about how long I hated myself.
I was about 11 when I really started to hate my whole body. Before it was specific parts, but now, I was aware that I was taller and wider than my peers. I was a little on the chubby side, being 120 pounds at 11 and 5ft4, but I’m chubbier now anyway. I hated myself, and from about 11 to 13, I suffered from clinical depression, panic attacks, and suicidal ideation. All from my body image issues. I got through it though, but I was lucky.
I became better when I was 14, not happy, not confident, but no longer mentally ill. That lasted roughly a year. I shot up, came into my shape and was okay. I hated how wide my hips were and my thighs touching, but I didn’t think about it constantly like I used to. Through the help of my best friend, I became even happier with my body, I had pretty, long, dark hair, a small waist and a nice ass, I was still insecure, but I was better. That lasted roughly a minute and 36 seconds. Because when I was 16, I started gaining weight. It didn’t stop, and it still hasn’t. 
This all has a point, I promise.
I’m 30 pounds up from when I liked my body. But I’m okay, and that’s the part of my story that I want to share. My body isn’t ideal, my ideal at least. But I’m okay. Because you will always eventually be okay. Every one of you beautiful, perfect people will be okay. 
I have a pudgy belly, and jiggly thighs. I have love handles and back fat and squishy arms. I have the hint of a second chin and my cheeks are a little chubby. But I’m okay. I like myself. I don’t like my body all the time, but overall, I like me. I like me more than I did when I was at my “best” weight and shape. I’m okay. And I’m ordinary. You’ll be okay too. Because being okay is what happens, it happens to everyone, some of us just aren’t there yet. But you’ll be okay.
It may take time. It may take years, or it may take a compliment from a friend, or just a minute and a half, but you’ll be okay. You’ll learn that you are perfect even if you don’t consider your body to be so. You’ll learn that you are beautiful, and that you, and your body, are more than worth your love. 
You’ll be okay.
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TRIGGER WARNING: FANTASIES OF SELF MUTILATION, SELF LOATHING, PANIC ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL IDEATION AND MEASUREMENTS

The photo is a candid of me from last week. For context, I guess. It shows my body more than most other pictures.

I don’t love my body like I should, but I’m getting there. I don’t have an extraordinary story, or experience, what I want to share is an incredibly ordinary story, and I think that’s just as important.

I’m 17 now. And I’m 30 pounds heavier than I was when I was two years ago. In number that’s not a lot of weight, but on my body, it is. Weight gain is my story, and like I said, it’s incredibly ordinary.

I never liked my body. I can remember, quite vividly, being 9 years old, walking home from school and thinking about cutting off parts of my thighs and sewing them back up smaller. It’s quite disturbing to me now, 8 years later that I could even think such a thing, but I did. I hated my thighs, but that wasn’t my first time wanting to change my appearance. When I was 7, I wanted nothing more than a nose job. At seven years old. That scares me now. Thinking about how long I hated myself.

I was about 11 when I really started to hate my whole body. Before it was specific parts, but now, I was aware that I was taller and wider than my peers. I was a little on the chubby side, being 120 pounds at 11 and 5ft4, but I’m chubbier now anyway. I hated myself, and from about 11 to 13, I suffered from clinical depression, panic attacks, and suicidal ideation. All from my body image issues. I got through it though, but I was lucky.

I became better when I was 14, not happy, not confident, but no longer mentally ill. That lasted roughly a year. I shot up, came into my shape and was okay. I hated how wide my hips were and my thighs touching, but I didn’t think about it constantly like I used to. Through the help of my best friend, I became even happier with my body, I had pretty, long, dark hair, a small waist and a nice ass, I was still insecure, but I was better. That lasted roughly a minute and 36 seconds. Because when I was 16, I started gaining weight. It didn’t stop, and it still hasn’t.

This all has a point, I promise.

I’m 30 pounds up from when I liked my body. But I’m okay, and that’s the part of my story that I want to share. My body isn’t ideal, my ideal at least. But I’m okay. Because you will always eventually be okay. Every one of you beautiful, perfect people will be okay.

I have a pudgy belly, and jiggly thighs. I have love handles and back fat and squishy arms. I have the hint of a second chin and my cheeks are a little chubby. But I’m okay. I like myself. I don’t like my body all the time, but overall, I like me. I like me more than I did when I was at my “best” weight and shape. I’m okay. And I’m ordinary. You’ll be okay too. Because being okay is what happens, it happens to everyone, some of us just aren’t there yet. But you’ll be okay.

It may take time. It may take years, or it may take a compliment from a friend, or just a minute and a half, but you’ll be okay. You’ll learn that you are perfect even if you don’t consider your body to be so. You’ll learn that you are beautiful, and that you, and your body, are more than worth your love.

You’ll be okay.

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So this is me! 21 years old and working on my social work degree. 
Really working on loving every part of my body no matter what society tells me to believe. Believe me it is much harder said then done.  Its a journey and its definitely a fight but I will not give up. I can’t and will not ever give up on me! 
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So this is me! 21 years old and working on my social work degree. 

Really working on loving every part of my body no matter what society tells me to believe. Believe me it is much harder said then done.  Its a journey and its definitely a fight but I will not give up. I can’t and will not ever give up on me! 

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I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body. 
Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me. 
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I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body. 

Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me. 

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult women, Parallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.
Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  
What can I do?
In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.
You can also get directly involved in several different ways.
Submissions:
Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.
Features:
We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:
Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
Feminist activist collectives
Feminist community groups
Independent feminist films
Feminist zines
Events:
If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.
I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…
To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
Sponsor us or partner up with us:
If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!
To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!

Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. 
Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult womenParallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.

Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  

What can I do?

In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.

You can also get directly involved in several different ways.

Submissions:

Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.

Features:

We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:

  • Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
  • Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
  • Feminist activist collectives
  • Feminist community groups
  • Independent feminist films
  • Feminist zines

Events:

If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.

I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…

To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Sponsor us or partner up with us:

If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!

To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com 

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!



I’ve grown to love my body as a piece art and regardless of what people say to shame my body I see know shame in my natural appearance. Follow me at InternetR0yalty.tumblr.com for more body positivity . No matter your shape, size , color , disability ect… know that you are gorgeous, strong and incredible♡♡
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I’ve grown to love my body as a piece art and regardless of what people say to shame my body I see know shame in my natural appearance. Follow me at InternetR0yalty.tumblr.com for more body positivity . No matter your shape, size , color , disability ect… know that you are gorgeous, strong and incredible♡♡

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

Even though many people have pointed out that I am a slim girl, I still feel insecure about my body but it wasn’t until I took this picture did I finally get some confidence about my body :) (age 19)
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Even though many people have pointed out that I am a slim girl, I still feel insecure about my body but it wasn’t until I took this picture did I finally get some confidence about my body :) (age 19)

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jackieinct:

Expose: Shedding Light on Collective Beauty by Laura K Photography

Found these pictures through The Militant Baker’s website. Through each picture you can see women as they actually are and every single one of them is beautiful. 

(Source: jackievinct)

My name is Olive. I am a plus-size alternative lesbian model from Vermont. All my life I have battled depression, O.C.D, and severe anxiety. Yet I had only been diagnosed three years ago. I now have a wonderful body positive self image, but I haven’t always. I used to self harm and have eating disorders. My advice for people wanting to go into recovery is: AGGRESSIVE SELF LOVE. It really helped me. 
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My name is Olive. I am a plus-size alternative lesbian model from Vermont. All my life I have battled depression, O.C.D, and severe anxiety. Yet I had only been diagnosed three years ago. I now have a wonderful body positive self image, but I haven’t always. I used to self harm and have eating disorders. My advice for people wanting to go into recovery is: AGGRESSIVE SELF LOVE. It really helped me. 

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!