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Monday, August 9, 2010

body image

Why is it that everyone is so hung up on their size of shape of their body? Is the magazine industry pushing the 'skinny' image or is it by one's own peers? Is it all those ads on TV promoting exercise gear to get into that 'perfect shape with those rock hard abs for the new you' or is it personal shame or lack of self confidence?

Whatever it is, the pressure to conform to the perfect size is smothering. It's everywhere. I am so over it. So what if my butt and tum has grown a bit since I've stopped horse riding, had two ops and taken a bit of a new direction with life in this last year. I am happy with who I am. I glow from the inside, not the outside.

I guess I am fortunate to have self confidence and not really give a toss for what people think. Black's black, White's white and stuff the grey area, that where miscommunication happens.

Like me for who I am, not what I am.

It's with this attitude I had some photographs taken about this time last year. I have always wanted some skin shots done, but not had the means to be in front of the camera. Glamour Photography came to town and I was lucky enough to have won a free sitting. So I grabbed at this chance with two hands and swung two feet straight into it.

It was tastefully done with nothing exposed but most of all I felt comfortable with the photographer (and he was a bloke).

This is one of those shots of that day.

To me it says 'Yes, look at me. I am woman, I am comfortable in my own skin and I have nothing to hide'

I am proud of myself finally getting this sort of shot done and when I look back on it over the years I'll still be proud of it. My body shape will change over time, of that there is no doubt, and I hope I'll be able to say to myself  'dang it girl, you were one hot mumma!!!'

note: this is not meant as a swipe at anyone, just me airing my thoughts and opinions. That's all.


Anonymous said...

and YES you are one hot mamma. Good on you for having the photo shoot. Totally agree with all that you have written. I've just turned the BIG 40 and never felt more comfortable in my own skin. TFS Michelle

Gina B said...

Love the photo Tiff, u look beautiful!!!! I just can't get over the pearls. LOL

Trish.S said...

Wooo hooo you go girl!!!