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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For most of my life I’ve carried deep shame of my body, my sexuality, and my “”woman-ness”” or “lack of it”.
But today I say farewell to these feelings to make room for some new awesome ones<3
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For most of my life I’ve carried deep shame of my body, my sexuality, and my “”woman-ness”” or “lack of it”.

But today I say farewell to these feelings to make room for some new awesome ones<3

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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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A poem called 'Got Body' which celebrates shapes, specifications and sizes in all diversity. ‘Got Body’ is my poetic stand against imposed beauty/body image and appreciation of our natural beauty! 

@LDHenriquez x

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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies  I&#8217;m not cute or built to suit a fashion model&#8217;s size  But when I start to tell them They think I&#8217;m telling lies  I say  It&#8217;s in the reach of my arms  The span of my hips  The stride of my steps  The curl of my lips  I&#8217;m a woman  Phenomenally  Phenomenal woman  That&#8217;s me I walk into a room Just as cool as you please  And to a man  The fellows stand or  Fall down on their knees  Then they swarm around me  A hive of honey bees  I say  It&#8217;s the fire in my eyes  And the flash of my teeth  The swing of my waist  And the joy in my feet  I&#8217;m a woman  Phenomenally  Phenomenal woman  That&#8217;s me Men themselves have wondered  What they see in me  They try so much  But they can&#8217;t touch  My inner mystery  When I try to show them  They say they still can&#8217;t see  I say  It&#8217;s in the arch of my back  The sun of my smile  The ride of my breasts  The grace of my style  I&#8217;m a woman  Phenomenally  Phenomenal woman  That&#8217;s me Now you understand  Just why my head&#8217;s not bowed  I don&#8217;t shout or jump about  Or have to talk real loud  When you see me passing  It ought to make you proud  I say  It&#8217;s in the click of my heels  The bend of my hair  The palm of my hand  The need for my care  &#8216;Cause I&#8217;m a woman  Phenomenally  Phenomenal woman  That&#8217;s me
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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them
They think I’m telling lies
I say
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my steps
The curl of my lips
I’m a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That’s me
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please
And to a man
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees
Then they swarm around me
A hive of honey bees
I say
It’s the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth
The swing of my waist
And the joy in my feet
I’m a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That’s me
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see
I say
It’s in the arch of my back
The sun of my smile
The ride of my breasts
The grace of my style
I’m a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That’s me
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud
I say
It’s in the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
The palm of my hand
The need for my care
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That’s me
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Hi my name is Kelsey (: I have had loads of insecurities ever since I was 10. I couldn&#8217;t feel comfortable in my own skin until just recently, which I am 19 now. Trigger warning&#8230;

I have been a self-hater &amp; bullied for more than 10 years because of my body type. I&#8217;ve self-harmed even though you can&#8217;t see my scars. I&#8217;ve been sexually abused more than once even though you can&#8217;t see my pain. I have had an eating disorder even if it doesn&#8217;t show. I have hid my body even though you&#8217;re seeing it now. I’ve struggled with my sexuality even though you can’t tell.  I&#8217;ve been &amp; still am dealing with depression. What I&#8217;m trying to say is that it gets better. You can always change your body, but why do it when you can worry about other things that go on in your life. Stop worrying of what others think of you because not everyone is going to love you, but you should cherish the ones that do. I want to be an image that I wanted when I was growing up for women &amp; girls that no matter what bigger size you are, you are lovely. My family is full of big boned &amp; thin sized women, they both struggle with their bodies, &amp; I&#8217;m the first out of all of them that is honestly proud of the body I have. It’s hard, I know. You should start loving themselves more, because you are worth it &lt;3

I am always willing to talk (:

http://stophatingyourbody.tumblr.com/

Hi my name is Kelsey (: I have had loads of insecurities ever since I was 10. I couldn’t feel comfortable in my own skin until just recently, which I am 19 now. Trigger warning…

I have been a self-hater & bullied for more than 10 years because of my body type. I’ve self-harmed even though you can’t see my scars. I’ve been sexually abused more than once even though you can’t see my pain. I have had an eating disorder even if it doesn’t show. I have hid my body even though you’re seeing it now. I’ve struggled with my sexuality even though you can’t tell.  I’ve been & still am dealing with depression. What I’m trying to say is that it gets better. You can always change your body, but why do it when you can worry about other things that go on in your life. Stop worrying of what others think of you because not everyone is going to love you, but you should cherish the ones that do. I want to be an image that I wanted when I was growing up for women & girls that no matter what bigger size you are, you are lovely. My family is full of big boned & thin sized women, they both struggle with their bodies, & I’m the first out of all of them that is honestly proud of the body I have. It’s hard, I know. You should start loving themselves more, because you are worth it <3

I am always willing to talk (:

http://stophatingyourbody.tumblr.com/

TRIGGER WARNING:severe depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts
I know this isn&#8217;t the most tasteful photo, but i think it&#8217;s one that i look the most comfortable, free, and happy. 
This is my story. When i was younger I was bullied daily. So bad to the point where I just wouldn&#8217;t go to school. When I changed schools things got worse. I was harassed and it was terrible. As I entered high school i was super confident. I hadn&#8217;t been bullied in a while and I was happy. People didn&#8217;t really let me remain that way. I continued to get bullied and I continued going towards bottom. My sophomore year I began to feel down, sad, tired, worthless all the time. I confided in my best friend (who is cropped out of this image) that I was depressed. She agreed with me. This was only the beginning of the worst two years of my life. I became severely depressed, I had always had anxiety, but it had been at it&#8217;s all time high (and still is). In December of 2011 I decided it would be better if I just ended it. I ended up in a hospital a few days before Christmas. I&#8217;m still struggling with severe depression and anxiety, but it&#8217;s for different reasons. I&#8217;ve been so pro active in spreading body positivity. I&#8217;ve learned so much. I adopted feminism in my life and it has opened so many doors for me. I found this blog and it showed me that I am not alone in this battle with society.   I am okay with myself, and most importantly I&#8217;m okay with who I am even if others aren&#8217;t. 
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TRIGGER WARNING:severe depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts

I know this isn’t the most tasteful photo, but i think it’s one that i look the most comfortable, free, and happy. 

This is my story. When i was younger I was bullied daily. So bad to the point where I just wouldn’t go to school. When I changed schools things got worse. I was harassed and it was terrible. As I entered high school i was super confident. I hadn’t been bullied in a while and I was happy. People didn’t really let me remain that way. I continued to get bullied and I continued going towards bottom. My sophomore year I began to feel down, sad, tired, worthless all the time. I confided in my best friend (who is cropped out of this image) that I was depressed. She agreed with me. This was only the beginning of the worst two years of my life. I became severely depressed, I had always had anxiety, but it had been at it’s all time high (and still is). In December of 2011 I decided it would be better if I just ended it. I ended up in a hospital a few days before Christmas. I’m still struggling with severe depression and anxiety, but it’s for different reasons. I’ve been so pro active in spreading body positivity. I’ve learned so much. I adopted feminism in my life and it has opened so many doors for me. I found this blog and it showed me that I am not alone in this battle with society.   I am okay with myself, and most importantly I’m okay with who I am even if others aren’t. 

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TRIGGER WARNING: Self-harm/cutting, abuse, suicidal thoughts/attemptsI&#8217;m Savannah, 20 yrs. old, and this is my story;As a young child, ages 7 through 10, my father abused me. Verbally, emotionally, physically. His choice of words still haunt me. "You&#8217;ll never be good enough, this is all your fault," etc. Which is half the reason I have the bad habit of apologizing for EVERYTHING. Even things I have absolutely no control over. He&#8217;d make me go to school wearing jackets, or longer sleeved shirts, just to cover the massive swollen bruises on my arms. Thankfully, since he &amp; my mother divorced when I was 10, he hasn&#8217;t hurt me since.Middle school - when I started really getting insecure. I mean, I was always the &#8216;awkward girl&#8217;, who was extremely shy, with big glasses since I was 8. I constantly was bullied and told I was &#8216;ugly&#8217; for being &#8216;different&#8217; or for being &#8216;nerdy&#8217;. I began self mutilating &amp; cutting myself constantly. Every day of my junior-high life, I cut myself. I felt so many different ways about it - that it would help my mental pain/depression, that I &#8220;deserved it&#8221;. I tried to kill myself numerous times, more times than I can count, but never succeeded. There was always something in the way.The last time I hurt myself was 2009, and I never will again. That part of my life is over, and I&#8217;m proud to say I overcame it.I still have insecurities about myself, what with extremely short hair and my body not looking the way I want it, but I&#8217;m on (what I like to call) a reverse-diet. I&#8217;m drinking protein shakes, increasing my caloric intake, and I have an absolutely amazing guy by my side during it all, who tells me I&#8217;m beautiful no matter how much I weigh or what I do to my hair. He loves me for who I am inside, different, nerdy, pierced, tattooed, and all.This is the happiest I&#8217;ve EVER BEEN and I plan on keeping it that way. I see so many amazing uplifting stories on here every day. Some even make me cry. All of you, every last one of you, is BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL in your own skin! Embrace it, love it, kiss it, hug it, whatever! I know it&#8217;s taken me quite some time to get this far, and I&#8217;m nowhere near done yet, but we can ALL get there. It&#8217;s not impossible! All those little things you used to &#8216;hate&#8217; about yourself? Look at them and tell them you love them!! If any of you ever need someone to talk to, just send me a message. I&#8217;m all ears. :) &lt;3a-daughter-of-mother-earth BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION! 

TRIGGER WARNING: Self-harm/cutting, abuse, suicidal thoughts/attempts

I’m Savannah, 20 yrs. old, and this is my story;

As a young child, ages 7 through 10, my father abused me. Verbally, emotionally, physically. His choice of words still haunt me. "You’ll never be good enough, this is all your fault," etc. Which is half the reason I have the bad habit of apologizing for EVERYTHING. Even things I have absolutely no control over. He’d make me go to school wearing jackets, or longer sleeved shirts, just to cover the massive swollen bruises on my arms. Thankfully, since he & my mother divorced when I was 10, he hasn’t hurt me since.

Middle school - when I started really getting insecure. I mean, I was always the ‘awkward girl’, who was extremely shy, with big glasses since I was 8. I constantly was bullied and told I was ‘ugly’ for being ‘different’ or for being ‘nerdy’. I began self mutilating & cutting myself constantly. Every day of my junior-high life, I cut myself. I felt so many different ways about it - that it would help my mental pain/depression, that I “deserved it”. I tried to kill myself numerous times, more times than I can count, but never succeeded. There was always something in the way.

The last time I hurt myself was 2009, and I never will again. That part of my life is over, and I’m proud to say I overcame it.

I still have insecurities about myself, what with extremely short hair and my body not looking the way I want it, but I’m on (what I like to call) a reverse-diet. I’m drinking protein shakes, increasing my caloric intake, and I have an absolutely amazing guy by my side during it all, who tells me I’m beautiful no matter how much I weigh or what I do to my hair. He loves me for who I am inside, different, nerdy, pierced, tattooed, and all.

This is the happiest I’ve EVER BEEN and I plan on keeping it that way. I see so many amazing uplifting stories on here every day. Some even make me cry. All of you, every last one of you, is BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL in your own skin! Embrace it, love it, kiss it, hug it, whatever! I know it’s taken me quite some time to get this far, and I’m nowhere near done yet, but we can ALL get there. It’s not impossible! All those little things you used to ‘hate’ about yourself? Look at them and tell them you love them!! If any of you ever need someone to talk to, just send me a message. I’m all ears. :) <3
a-daughter-of-mother-earth
 
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hello beautiful people, my name is Carina. for over nine years now, I have been self-harming by cutting myself. after all this time, the front of my legs, my torso, and my arms are basically mutilated and have thick scars covering every inch of their surface. this photograph was taken by my loving partner, who has been by my side through my trauma and self-harm. for the first time in nearly a decade, I have begun to wear shorts, I&#8217;ll wear a bikini to the beach, etc etc etc. wearing a pair of shorts to a reggae festival the other week was one of the biggest steps I have ever taken. this photograph does not display my scars, because that&#8217;s truly not the point. the point is that this is the only body that I will ever have in this life and I recently have begun to treat it the way it deserves. I am still struggling, I might always be struggling. But every day is an accomplishment and every day is beautiful. I am here for anyone &amp; everyone, if you ever need anything at all, I will stay up all night with you, I will make ridiculous faces, anything to make you feel better. you are beautiful and I mean that.  
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hello beautiful people, my name is Carina. 
for over nine years now, I have been self-harming by cutting myself. after all this time, the front of my legs, my torso, and my arms are basically mutilated and have thick scars covering every inch of their surface. 
this photograph was taken by my loving partner, who has been by my side through my trauma and self-harm. for the first time in nearly a decade, I have begun to wear shorts, I’ll wear a bikini to the beach, etc etc etc. wearing a pair of shorts to a reggae festival the other week was one of the biggest steps I have ever taken. this photograph does not display my scars, because that’s truly not the point. the point is that this is the only body that I will ever have in this life and I recently have begun to treat it the way it deserves. 

I am still struggling, I might always be struggling. But every day is an accomplishment and every day is beautiful. I am here for anyone & everyone, if you ever need anything at all, I will stay up all night with you, I will make ridiculous faces, anything to make you feel better. you are beautiful and I mean that.  

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You are special. You are unique.
Recently, my friends have gone on an &#8220;I hate my body&#8221; rampage and as they spoke on and on about their flaws. I chose not to participate. If I don&#8217;t love myself and believe that I am beautiful, how can I expect others to believe it. I am going to continue to tell my friends they are beautiful and hopefully this video I dedicated to them will prove it.
This is for all you phenomenons out there! Please if you have a chance, click on this link to vote for me for Tyler Perry&#8217;s contest:
http://www.youtube.com/tylerperrystudios?x=us_showcase_10769
You don&#8217;t hear it enough but, YOU ARE PHENOMENAL (you too boys!)
Love,
Leighann
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You are special. You are unique.

Recently, my friends have gone on an “I hate my body” rampage and as they spoke on and on about their flaws. I chose not to participate. If I don’t love myself and believe that I am beautiful, how can I expect others to believe it. I am going to continue to tell my friends they are beautiful and hopefully this video I dedicated to them will prove it.

This is for all you phenomenons out there! Please if you have a chance, click on this link to vote for me for Tyler Perry’s contest:

http://www.youtube.com/tylerperrystudios?x=us_showcase_10769

You don’t hear it enough but, YOU ARE PHENOMENAL (you too boys!)

Love,

Leighann

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