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: 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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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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I feel very proud of my body today, I’ve been working out and I got a new Bra :) I am working very hard to stop hating my body! 
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I feel very proud of my body today, I’ve been working out and I got a new Bra :) I am working very hard to stop hating my body! 

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Trigger warning; self-hate, low self-esteem
After many years of trying to hide my body and wishing I could change it, I&#8217;ve come to realize that I deserve respect and self-love no matter what I look like. I still have insecurities, but I&#8217;m working towards not being ashamed of my body because of my &#8220;imperfections&#8221;. I&#8217;m in therapy to help work on my low self-esteem, and on days when I obsess over my flaws I cover up my mirrors to help myself remember that there&#8217;s more to me than my body. I do yoga to help me feel strong and beautiful. I still have trouble areas with my stomach, thighs, upper arms, back, breasts, skin, and weight, but I&#8217;m working to not let them define me. I am trying to choose to love myself, no matter how hard.
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Trigger warning; self-hate, low self-esteem

After many years of trying to hide my body and wishing I could change it, I’ve come to realize that I deserve respect and self-love no matter what I look like. I still have insecurities, but I’m working towards not being ashamed of my body because of my “imperfections”. I’m in therapy to help work on my low self-esteem, and on days when I obsess over my flaws I cover up my mirrors to help myself remember that there’s more to me than my body. I do yoga to help me feel strong and beautiful. I still have trouble areas with my stomach, thighs, upper arms, back, breasts, skin, and weight, but I’m working to not let them define me. I am trying to choose to love myself, no matter how hard.

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I have always been insecure about my proportions. I have a small waist and large hips and butt which always made shopping really difficult. I used to hide under large baggy clothing but sometime in high school my confidence began to grow and I found stores that catered to my curves. Still, I never thought I would expose any part of my stomach but this summer my goal was to have the confidence to do it and while I was on vacation with my family I wore a high waisted bathing suit bottom with a bikini top. The whole time I had a smile on my face and I relaxed in the pool proudly basking in the sun. While I still have days where I want to hide my confidence has definitely gotten better and I am loving my progress! Find something that you love and with that thing will come people who make you feel good about your self! For me that thing is theatre. In theatre you can be someone else on stage and sometimes being someone else helps you learn to love yourself (making amazing friends along the way definitely helps too). Stop hating your body and start loving it! “No day but today!”
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I have always been insecure about my proportions. I have a small waist and large hips and butt which always made shopping really difficult. I used to hide under large baggy clothing but sometime in high school my confidence began to grow and I found stores that catered to my curves. Still, I never thought I would expose any part of my stomach but this summer my goal was to have the confidence to do it and while I was on vacation with my family I wore a high waisted bathing suit bottom with a bikini top. The whole time I had a smile on my face and I relaxed in the pool proudly basking in the sun. While I still have days where I want to hide my confidence has definitely gotten better and I am loving my progress! Find something that you love and with that thing will come people who make you feel good about your self! For me that thing is theatre. In theatre you can be someone else on stage and sometimes being someone else helps you learn to love yourself (making amazing friends along the way definitely helps too). Stop hating your body and start loving it! “No day but today!”

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So my thighs touch and jiggle when I walk.So my hips poke over my jeans.So my boobs don&#8217;t stand at attention without a bra on.So I&#8217;ve got stretchmarks on my knees, thighs, butt, hips, belly, boobs, and arms.So I&#8217;ve got jowls.So I wear a double digit clothing size.So I&#8217;m 19.So I&#8217;m 5&#8217;4.So I&#8217;m 180 pounds.So I don&#8217;t give a fuck.
This is my body and it&#8217;s beautiful the way it is. ♥
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So my thighs touch and jiggle when I walk.
So my hips poke over my jeans.
So my boobs don’t stand at attention without a bra on.
So I’ve got stretchmarks on my knees, thighs, butt, hips, belly, boobs, and arms.
So I’ve got jowls.
So I wear a double digit clothing size.
So I’m 19.
So I’m 5’4.
So I’m 180 pounds.
So I don’t give a fuck.

This is my body and it’s beautiful the way it is. ♥

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I&#8217;ve submitted before but pulled it before my submission was posted. I wasn&#8217;t quite ready to tell my story or come out from under my dark comfortable hiding spot. So yeah, that&#8217;s me. All 289lbs and 37 weeks of pregnancy. I&#8217;ve had a tough time all through my life trying to find a place to fit in, never really finding a spot to wedge myself. I&#8217;ve always been a large woman; I&#8217;ve been 410lbs at my largest and 160lbs at my smallest during my adult life. It&#8217;s not easy to say the least&#8230;being constantly reminded that I will never be accepted as healthy (even though my medical history says otherwise) because of my weight. I have even been belittled by my ob doctor for my weight with comments like &#8220;You need to learn how to eat and not just shove food in  your mouth&#8221; and &#8220;You probably have more trouble than others when saying no to your appetite&#8221;. I have left my appointments with him in tears, and even waiting for him in the exam room I have burst into tears&#8230;ready to just run out and leave before I had to see him again. I&#8217;m having a baby, my very first&#8230;I&#8217;m supposed to be happy right? Despite his bed side manner, he is an excellent doctor with over forty thousand births and no failures. I keep telling myself, this isn&#8217;t about me&#8230;it&#8217;s about my son&#8230;that I will take a shot to my pride to ensure his safe arrival. BUT WHY!!!? Why does it have to be that way? Why do I have to put up with this asshole treating me like I am some kind of disease because I wear a size 24? I have wracked my brain to the point of headaches trying to understand why I have to put up with this. Then I found my answer last night. When I looked over at my husband, I could feel my beautiful little miracle moving around&#8230;everything was quiet and dark and serene. That is why I put up with it&#8230;because it&#8217;s just some jerks opinion and there is nothing I can do about it. I have nothing to prove to him. I have a husband that loves me in spite of everything I feel is wrong with me, I am going to be a mommy in less than 3 weeks, and above all I am me. I am strong and confident that I will be a good mother and wife. I don&#8217;t need to worry about how my body looks to everyone else, because the people that matter most to me, love me&#8230;they love all of me, even the parts I hate. So I will bare these stretch marks, these &#8216;cottage cheese&#8217; thighs, the flabby soft belly, these arm flaps, the rolls on my sides and how my chin doubles and triples when I look down&#8230;I will bare them all with acceptance because, yes, my body is my physical essence&#8230;but it is not who I am. I am Jessica Faye Barela, a mother, a wife, an artist and a woman.
I refuse the standards that the media and it&#8217;s sheep have deemed absolute.
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I’ve submitted before but pulled it before my submission was posted. I wasn’t quite ready to tell my story or come out from under my dark comfortable hiding spot. So yeah, that’s me. All 289lbs and 37 weeks of pregnancy. I’ve had a tough time all through my life trying to find a place to fit in, never really finding a spot to wedge myself. I’ve always been a large woman; I’ve been 410lbs at my largest and 160lbs at my smallest during my adult life. It’s not easy to say the least…being constantly reminded that I will never be accepted as healthy (even though my medical history says otherwise) because of my weight. I have even been belittled by my ob doctor for my weight with comments like “You need to learn how to eat and not just shove food in  your mouth” and “You probably have more trouble than others when saying no to your appetite”. I have left my appointments with him in tears, and even waiting for him in the exam room I have burst into tears…ready to just run out and leave before I had to see him again. I’m having a baby, my very first…I’m supposed to be happy right? Despite his bed side manner, he is an excellent doctor with over forty thousand births and no failures. I keep telling myself, this isn’t about me…it’s about my son…that I will take a shot to my pride to ensure his safe arrival. BUT WHY!!!? Why does it have to be that way? Why do I have to put up with this asshole treating me like I am some kind of disease because I wear a size 24? I have wracked my brain to the point of headaches trying to understand why I have to put up with this. Then I found my answer last night. When I looked over at my husband, I could feel my beautiful little miracle moving around…everything was quiet and dark and serene. That is why I put up with it…because it’s just some jerks opinion and there is nothing I can do about it. I have nothing to prove to him. I have a husband that loves me in spite of everything I feel is wrong with me, I am going to be a mommy in less than 3 weeks, and above all I am me. I am strong and confident that I will be a good mother and wife. I don’t need to worry about how my body looks to everyone else, because the people that matter most to me, love me…they love all of me, even the parts I hate. So I will bare these stretch marks, these ‘cottage cheese’ thighs, the flabby soft belly, these arm flaps, the rolls on my sides and how my chin doubles and triples when I look down…I will bare them all with acceptance because, yes, my body is my physical essence…but it is not who I am. I am Jessica Faye Barela, a mother, a wife, an artist and a woman.

I refuse the standards that the media and it’s sheep have deemed absolute.

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[o.e ignore the wine?] Hi. I&#8217;m Jax. This is the most honest picture I&#8217;ve ever taken of myself. I&#8217;m not usually the biggest fan of my tummy and I generally tend to hide it. But I&#8217;m slowly trying to accept it and love it for what it is. A big squishy beautiful mess that will probably be there for good because its just genetically like that with my family. ^_^ I love this picture because even though I can see what *I think* is wrong with me, I can also see what everyone else is talking about through all that. :D
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[o.e ignore the wine?] Hi. I’m Jax. This is the most honest picture I’ve ever taken of myself. I’m not usually the biggest fan of my tummy and I generally tend to hide it. But I’m slowly trying to accept it and love it for what it is. A big squishy beautiful mess that will probably be there for good because its just genetically like that with my family. ^_^ I love this picture because even though I can see what *I think* is wrong with me, I can also see what everyone else is talking about through all that. :D

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Trigger Warning: Eating disorders
Hey guys! I&#8217;ve been following this blog for awhile on my main account, but I never got around to submitting until today. I felt super-cute in this outfit and realized it&#8217;s my choice to love my body! I&#8217;ve suffered from bulimia for a long time, since I was about 12 years old, and I had seen my body as repulsive for my whole life. I&#8217;m 17 now, and I finally love my body for what it is. I&#8217;m not skinny by any stretch of the imagination, but I know now that I never will be; I&#8217;m just not built that way, and that&#8217;s okay! My goal now is being as healthy as possible; if I happen to lose weight, that&#8217;s fine. If not, that&#8217;s fine too. I just want to recover and learn to love and care for my body as well as I can! 
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Trigger Warning: Eating disorders

Hey guys! I’ve been following this blog for awhile on my main account, but I never got around to submitting until today. I felt super-cute in this outfit and realized it’s my choice to love my body! I’ve suffered from bulimia for a long time, since I was about 12 years old, and I had seen my body as repulsive for my whole life. I’m 17 now, and I finally love my body for what it is. I’m not skinny by any stretch of the imagination, but I know now that I never will be; I’m just not built that way, and that’s okay! My goal now is being as healthy as possible; if I happen to lose weight, that’s fine. If not, that’s fine too. I just want to recover and learn to love and care for my body as well as I can! 

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