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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I took this today before I had to go to work. I think my hair looked awesome and my makeup was great. I normally have an insecurity about my teeth, but I’m learning to love every part of my body :)
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I took this today before I had to go to work. I think my hair looked awesome and my makeup was great. I normally have an insecurity about my teeth, but I’m learning to love every part of my body :)

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Trigger warning: low self-esteem, self-hate
This is me today. I have gone through years of self-image, body image and self-esteem issues to get to where I am now. I’m working toward loving myself and finding peace with my body, and on some days I still forget how to love myself or feel like giving up, but I always trust myself enough to know that I will keep moving forward. I’m in therapy to work on my self-esteem, I cover up my mirrors when I start to obsess over my body, and I do yoga to make me feel strong and beautiful.
I still have insecurities, but I’m trying to not be ashamed of them and to not be ashamed of my body. I have stomach fat and back rolls, chubby cheeks, a round face, bigger breasts than most girls my age, big thighs that don’t have a gap, stretch marks, acne, a skin condition something like eczema, large upper arms, and my collarbone isn’t visible. While I’m still insecure about all my “imperfections”, I’m not ashamed of them and I refuse to hate myself any longer. After years of trying to hide and wishing I could change my body, I now know that I deserve self-respect, respect from others, self-love and self-acceptance, happiness, and I deserve to occupy space in this world. Things aren’t perfect, and I don’t know if I’ll ever completely get over my insecurities, but I am still trying to choose to love myself every day, no matter how hard it is. 
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Trigger warning: low self-esteem, self-hate

This is me today. I have gone through years of self-image, body image and self-esteem issues to get to where I am now. I’m working toward loving myself and finding peace with my body, and on some days I still forget how to love myself or feel like giving up, but I always trust myself enough to know that I will keep moving forward. I’m in therapy to work on my self-esteem, I cover up my mirrors when I start to obsess over my body, and I do yoga to make me feel strong and beautiful.

I still have insecurities, but I’m trying to not be ashamed of them and to not be ashamed of my body. I have stomach fat and back rolls, chubby cheeks, a round face, bigger breasts than most girls my age, big thighs that don’t have a gap, stretch marks, acne, a skin condition something like eczema, large upper arms, and my collarbone isn’t visible. While I’m still insecure about all my “imperfections”, I’m not ashamed of them and I refuse to hate myself any longer. After years of trying to hide and wishing I could change my body, I now know that I deserve self-respect, respect from others, self-love and self-acceptance, happiness, and I deserve to occupy space in this world. Things aren’t perfect, and I don’t know if I’ll ever completely get over my insecurities, but I am still trying to choose to love myself every day, no matter how hard it is. 

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Trigger Warning: mentions of diet, calories, bullying, disordered eating
Years of being picked on for my weight had really messed up my perspective on myself and life in general. All the hatred lead me to believe that there was really something wrong with how I looked. I wasn’t at all motivated until I realized that I needed to stop drowning myself in self pity and do something about it. At first, I’ll be honest, I did it to prove everyone wrong. I then became obsessed to become ‘skinny.’ That was my goal. I always knew that my body type was not that of a skinny persons’ but I tried as hard as I could and developed an eating disorder. I would eat 500 calories and burn off 400 every day. I was growing weak and tired and still was unsatisfied. It was a hard fight to win but eventually I realized I cannot be “perfect”, I only had to be myself. I started over and here I am. Trying each and every day to truly love myself. It’ll be hard but I know that I can get there.
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Trigger Warning: mentions of diet, calories, bullying, disordered eating

Years of being picked on for my weight had really messed up my perspective on myself and life in general. All the hatred lead me to believe that there was really something wrong with how I looked. I wasn’t at all motivated until I realized that I needed to stop drowning myself in self pity and do something about it. At first, I’ll be honest, I did it to prove everyone wrong. I then became obsessed to become ‘skinny.’ That was my goal. I always knew that my body type was not that of a skinny persons’ but I tried as hard as I could and developed an eating disorder. I would eat 500 calories and burn off 400 every day. I was growing weak and tired and still was unsatisfied. It was a hard fight to win but eventually I realized I cannot be “perfect”, I only had to be myself. I started over and here I am. Trying each and every day to truly love myself. It’ll be hard but I know that I can get there.

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 am a size 22 photographer form the U.S. who is trying to start a movement among photographers to show everyone how beautiful they are! This movement means encouraging photographers to be 100% body positive and never discriminate based on shape, size, color ect… PLEASE check out this page and help me work towards advertisement! If you are unable to donate please message me I love input and would love some co admins with this project! 
http://www.gofundme.com/emilyreithphotography
Much Love, Ms. Em
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 am a size 22 photographer form the U.S. who is trying to start a movement among photographers to show everyone how beautiful they are! This movement means encouraging photographers to be 100% body positive and never discriminate based on shape, size, color ect… PLEASE check out this page and help me work towards advertisement! If you are unable to donate please message me I love input and would love some co admins with this project! 

http://www.gofundme.com/emilyreithphotography

Much Love, Ms. Em

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My mom always told me I should accept and love myself as I am, that’s the first thing I do to feel better. Seeing images of women of different sizes and all beautiful, made ​​me realize that I should appreciate me more. I promise to stop denying I am beautiful, to start saying “Thank you. You are beautiful as well”.  ❤
http://amellowfemaleattitude.tumblr.com/
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My mom always told me I should accept and love myself as I am, that’s the first thing I do to feel better. Seeing images of women of different sizes and all beautiful, made ​​me realize that I should appreciate me more. I promise to stop denying I am beautiful, to start saying “Thank you. You are beautiful as well”.  ❤

http://amellowfemaleattitude.tumblr.com/

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Hello, I’m Lizzy :) I am 19 years old.
I became a bulimic at the end of the 6th grade. I was fairly chunky all throughout elementary, and by the time I hit 6th grade, I grew much taller and got thin. It was a new feeling, and I NEVER wanted it to go away. I stopped getting called chunky, felt better about myself, and boys started noticing me. Throwing up other day didn’t seem THAT bad. It made me feel good, so why not, right? But every other day turned into every meal. It was uncontrollable, and I became addicted to staying skinny.
One morning I awoke with the worst stomach ache. I couldn’t eat and my stool (not to be all gross) was bloodied. I immediately went to the hospital. They found that I had ulcers. Bulimia is a cause to this, and in my case, was. Although I looked good, I was destroying my body. I told myself, ” I don’t want to be like this anymore. I need help.”
At first I went to see a counselor, but that didn’t help. I went to see 3 others, and again, I was still in my same state.
With time, I learned that I , myself, am the only one who can pull myself out of this, and I DID. It was hard, don’t get me wrong, but with motivation and the want to have a normal life, I made it through. Don’t let people’s judgments and hatred get the best of you, because you will never succeed if you do. Believe in yourself. LOVE YOURSELF. And know that you are BEAUTIFUL.Surround yourself by good people, and genuine family and friends.
For those who suffer from bulimia, I know it’s hard to fit in society if you’re not a certain size, especially with these stick thin models, but you’re beautiful and in the long run, you are only harming the body God has given you. Flaunt your curves. Shake that ass. Look at yourself in the mirror and just be like “DAMN, I LOOK GOOD.” Because I am sure you do, and I won’t be the only person who agrees. And if you need help, get it. It is out there. Don’t let this take over your life. Talk to someone. I’m always all ears if you ever just need someone to vent to! :)
And today, I proudly say I have been bulimia-free for 5 years (and still going). I love food. I love my body. I got some junk in the trunk, but hey, I flaunt it and appreciate that I actually have one lol. ( I COULD USE TO BOOBS TOO). I am happy to not have to run to the bathroom all the time and not feel guilty about eating. YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER. 
Start today. Love yourself. Take care of your body. And don’t let bulimia control your life. Take that cheeseburger, eat it, and go on a run! You will be so much happier in the end.
Goodluck <3
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Hello, I’m Lizzy :) I am 19 years old.

I became a bulimic at the end of the 6th grade. I was fairly chunky all throughout elementary, and by the time I hit 6th grade, I grew much taller and got thin. It was a new feeling, and I NEVER wanted it to go away. I stopped getting called chunky, felt better about myself, and boys started noticing me. Throwing up other day didn’t seem THAT bad. It made me feel good, so why not, right? But every other day turned into every meal. It was uncontrollable, and I became addicted to staying skinny.

One morning I awoke with the worst stomach ache. I couldn’t eat and my stool (not to be all gross) was bloodied. I immediately went to the hospital. They found that I had ulcers. Bulimia is a cause to this, and in my case, was. Although I looked good, I was destroying my body. I told myself, ” I don’t want to be like this anymore. I need help.”

At first I went to see a counselor, but that didn’t help. I went to see 3 others, and again, I was still in my same state.

With time, I learned that I , myself, am the only one who can pull myself out of this, and I DID. It was hard, don’t get me wrong, but with motivation and the want to have a normal life, I made it through. Don’t let people’s judgments and hatred get the best of you, because you will never succeed if you do. Believe in yourself. LOVE YOURSELF. And know that you are BEAUTIFUL.Surround yourself by good people, and genuine family and friends.

For those who suffer from bulimia, I know it’s hard to fit in society if you’re not a certain size, especially with these stick thin models, but you’re beautiful and in the long run, you are only harming the body God has given you. Flaunt your curves. Shake that ass. Look at yourself in the mirror and just be like “DAMN, I LOOK GOOD.” Because I am sure you do, and I won’t be the only person who agrees. And if you need help, get it. It is out there. Don’t let this take over your life. Talk to someone. I’m always all ears if you ever just need someone to vent to! :)

And today, I proudly say I have been bulimia-free for 5 years (and still going). I love food. I love my body. I got some junk in the trunk, but hey, I flaunt it and appreciate that I actually have one lol. ( I COULD USE TO BOOBS TOO). I am happy to not have to run to the bathroom all the time and not feel guilty about eating. YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER.

Start today. Love yourself. Take care of your body. And don’t let bulimia control your life. Take that cheeseburger, eat it, and go on a run! You will be so much happier in the end.

Goodluck <3

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Hey :) I posted before and got a lot of positivity and love from others, so I thought I owed you an update. I&#8217;ve officially been in ED recovery for 9 months now and I really am so much happier. I originally gained slowly, but nowadays I couldn&#8217;t say how much I weigh nor do I care. I believe it was 100% more to do with positive mentality &amp; body image rather than physically eating more. I have lovely positive people around me as apposed to struggling to keep my head above water. I still have off days but I have the support available to me so there is no need to cry and starve as I would have before. It sounds drastic but my advice would be to find what works for you in terms of making you feel better and cling to it, do whatever you can as long as it&#8217;s healthy. I have found that taking empowering pictures, dressing up, looking in the mirror, making a list of goals, reading, writing and looking at the wonderful tumblrs of body positive blogs very helpful in getting through some horrible feelings. I really hope everyone can eventually be at peace with themselves. :)
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Hey :) I posted before and got a lot of positivity and love from others, so I thought I owed you an update. I’ve officially been in ED recovery for 9 months now and I really am so much happier. I originally gained slowly, but nowadays I couldn’t say how much I weigh nor do I care. I believe it was 100% more to do with positive mentality & body image rather than physically eating more. I have lovely positive people around me as apposed to struggling to keep my head above water. I still have off days but I have the support available to me so there is no need to cry and starve as I would have before. It sounds drastic but my advice would be to find what works for you in terms of making you feel better and cling to it, do whatever you can as long as it’s healthy. I have found that taking empowering pictures, dressing up, looking in the mirror, making a list of goals, reading, writing and looking at the wonderful tumblrs of body positive blogs very helpful in getting through some horrible feelings.
I really hope everyone can eventually be at peace with themselves. :)

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Hiya guys! Last time I submitted to the blog was roughly more than  a year and a half ago, in which I was pretty much 99% naked, save for my boxers. I did so, and I make a habit of submitting to the blog, for two reasons. Reason number one being that I can completely and fully understand feeling insecure about how you look. And two is to set an example for my followers.

Whereas my last picture I was what those in the politically scientific field refer to as &#8220;Nakey&#8221; and displaying it (somewhat) proudly, this is myself dressed as my best. And you know what, I feel pretty darn handsome. I encourage you all to not only accept and love your body and your appearance. But if you&#8217;re finding it a bit hard sometimes, do something that makes you feel handsome/beautiful/snazzy/like a cool cat. Feel comfortable, compliment the view of yourself all you want, remind yourself of how awesome you are, no matter how you need to accomplish this!My blog.

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Hiya guys! Last time I submitted to the blog was roughly more than a year and a half ago, in which I was pretty much 99% naked, save for my boxers. I did so, and I make a habit of submitting to the blog, for two reasons. Reason number one being that I can completely and fully understand feeling insecure about how you look. And two is to set an example for my followers.

Whereas my last picture I was what those in the politically scientific field refer to as “Nakey” and displaying it (somewhat) proudly, this is myself dressed as my best. And you know what, I feel pretty darn handsome. I encourage you all to not only accept and love your body and your appearance. But if you’re finding it a bit hard sometimes, do something that makes you feel handsome/beautiful/snazzy/like a cool cat. Feel comfortable, compliment the view of yourself all you want, remind yourself of how awesome you are, no matter how you need to accomplish this!
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I never thought I would submit something like this but here we go. The first picture is of me this morning, no make up and nothing done to my hair. The second picture was 2 weeks ago. All done up, like I normally am. There is nothing wrong with either picture, but it is more acceptable for me to go out looking like I do in the second picture. All my life I have been bullied and put down for simply being bigger than a lot of my peers, I&#8217;m curvy and I am okay with that. I could afford to lose some weight and that is what I am working on at the moment but I still find myself to be pretty. A lot of people don&#8217;t. Why should I change myself and conform to these ridiculous standards just because society isn&#8217;t ready to accept that everyone is different and beautiful? I want to be accepted for me and not have my life options, clothing options, and insurance, jeopardized because I am plus-sized. I am only a freshman and I already see the judgment in everyones eyes as I leave the house and go anywhere. A lot of people think I&#8217;m just lazy, but im not. I was always bigger but no one cares, All they care about are there own feelings. BE who you are comfortable being and if you change, do it for yourself, not some random strangers who dont understand the concept of inner beauty. I am done feeding into the socialized concept of outer beauty. I am beautiful because of my  personality, and wieght and having some pimples on my face are not going to change that. I will not let it, I refuse to lay down and be walked all over anymore, it is time for me to stand up for what I believe in.
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I never thought I would submit something like this but here we go. The first picture is of me this morning, no make up and nothing done to my hair. The second picture was 2 weeks ago. All done up, like I normally am. There is nothing wrong with either picture, but it is more acceptable for me to go out looking like I do in the second picture. All my life I have been bullied and put down for simply being bigger than a lot of my peers, I’m curvy and I am okay with that. I could afford to lose some weight and that is what I am working on at the moment but I still find myself to be pretty. A lot of people don’t. Why should I change myself and conform to these ridiculous standards just because society isn’t ready to accept that everyone is different and beautiful? I want to be accepted for me and not have my life options, clothing options, and insurance, jeopardized because I am plus-sized. I am only a freshman and I already see the judgment in everyones eyes as I leave the house and go anywhere. A lot of people think I’m just lazy, but im not. I was always bigger but no one cares, All they care about are there own feelings. BE who you are comfortable being and if you change, do it for yourself, not some random strangers who dont understand the concept of inner beauty. I am done feeding into the socialized concept of outer beauty. I am beautiful because of my  personality, and wieght and having some pimples on my face are not going to change that. I will not let it, I refuse to lay down and be walked all over anymore, it is time for me to stand up for what I believe in.

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TW: ED, Depression, Anxiety.
Hi! My name is Hailey, and at the age of 10, I began I diet, because I&#8217;d had enough of bullies calling me fat and ugly. But eventually, that diet went too far, and I had lost 20 kilos in just 2 months.I got diagnosed with anorexia nervosa not long later, as well as depression, anxiety and OCD. All of this only by the young age of eleven. But now, a few years later, I am recovering. I still have days where I feel bad about myself, or a tad guilty after eating, but then I have more good days where I am very optimistic. I am happy, positive, and love myself. And you all should too! You were born a beautiful individual! :)
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TW: ED, Depression, Anxiety.

Hi! My name is Hailey, and at the age of 10, I began I diet, because I’d had enough of bullies calling me fat and ugly. But eventually, that diet went too far, and I had lost 20 kilos in just 2 months.I got diagnosed with anorexia nervosa not long later, as well as depression, anxiety and OCD. All of this only by the young age of eleven. But now, a few years later, I am recovering. I still have days where I feel bad about myself, or a tad guilty after eating, but then I have more good days where I am very optimistic. I am happy, positive, and love myself. And you all should too! You were born a beautiful individual! :)

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