When I was fourteen like so many young people do, I looked at myself one day and decided, my body is the shit of the earth.
Have you ever thought badly about your own body? Have you ever worried that your child or family member or loved one hates theirs and it’s diminishing their life?
If the answer to those questions is ‘um, no’, then you’ll have no idea what I’m on about. But if it’s ‘yes’, please read on, I’m speaking to you.
If we are to change our culture of body shame, fatphobia, thinner is better and restrictive behaviour, it’s going to take more than me sharing my story. It’s going to take those of us who care, to put up their hand and say, yep, this is important.
But it can’t be awkward, right?
It can’t be about you diving into a deep or intimate story or oversharing in an inappropriate way.
So I’ve made it easy for all of us to show our support with ease and elegance.
The Cherry Blossom is the mascot of the body positivity movement. So I’m creating a series of photos of people who support the body positive movement holding a blossom.
The goal is 10,000 pictures.
10,000 pictures painting a million body positive words.
Words that might make a difference for the next generation.
To add your picture – take a selfie, post it on social media and hashtag BodyBlossom (#BodyBlossom).
I’ll repost your pictures on my Instagram – and if you would like it, I’ll add them to my website (with a link to your social account or website). You can check out the photo series here.