The other night my friend Daniele invited me to go see the Q&A with Taryn Brumfitt. Whilst watching the film I had my arms crossed the whole time. Apparently in Body language when you cross your arms and slouching it means you are uncomfortable. Which I will honestly say, I was uncomfortable watching this movie. It hit very close to home. Ironically a person from my school who used to bully me about my weight was also there…
Who is Taryn Brumfitt:
Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three.She is a highly recognised body image activist who has a powerful message that has reached over 100 million people worldwide via traditional and social media.
When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies,
In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Emmy Award-winning television presenter Ricki Lake; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jes Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt.
What Inspired me:
Well, the whole concept really.Whilst watching the documentary, Taryn had showcased MANY different women of different races, ages and sizes. She interviewed many inspirational women with “flaws” and they have learnt to embrace them. If so many women around the world can embrace their flaws why can’t I?
The inspirational Harnaa Kaur.
Why Am I Writing this Post?
At first, I thought it was a silly idea to write about it because I am not a feminist or activist but this documentary has really stuck with me and I thought I would share my two cents.
As you know, I had a gastric sleeve. I have lost 25 kg but still feel as heavy as I was pre-operation. No matter how many compliments I get or reconfirmation I get , I still feel heavy always thinking I should loose more and more and when I have reached my goal weight I will be happy then I came to my senses, what about if I never get to my perfect goal weight and have spent my whole life wasting my time worrying about what others thought of my weight and if I was not their version of “pretty”.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT and have their own perceptions. I may not seem “pretty” to someone because I am a little bit curvier but you know what I have FINALLY realised I don’t need anybody’s permission to tell if I am pretty or not. It has taken me a long time to learn to love and work with what I have and I am just going to own it because LIFE IS TOO SHORT and you always have to LOVE YOURSELF before anyone else can love you.
I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂