All posts tagged: body acceptance

Looking good with your clothes off is one of the biggest drivers for weight loss and these six women have decided to strip to celebrate shifting the pounds

Six women strip naked to show off their new bodies after weight loss Three quarters of women dislike their body and one in five say they never look at themselves naked. And if we are honest we all admit to feel a little less than confident with our bodies in front of complete strangers. But for six women fear is in the past after they banished their hang-ups and let it all hang out for a weight loss version of the Full Monty. To celebrate the launch of WeightWatchers magazine’s first ever Naked Issue, six brave members posed nude to celebrate their new-found body confidence. Here are their stories their reason behind their battles: read more – Source:  The Mirror

Jo Stanley: I went naked at work, and it was wonderfully therapeutic

There’s something I never thought I’d say. I got starkers with three strangers. Their names were Caryn, Georgia and Claire, and they were generous enough to initiate me into the world of just hanging out in the nicky noo nah. It was scary and weird and exhilarating and strangely an anti-climax all in one, but let me go back a step to explain. After my morning in the buff, I’m calling BS on “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Going naked with three strangers showed me that beauty is entirely mine to own.” I host a breakfast radio show in Melbourne and, inspired by a similar event in London, for one night we hosted a naked restaurant for our listeners. It wasn’t sleazy or salacious or in any way sexy. I mean, even Chris Hemsworth wouldn’t look his best hoeing into a plate of ribs. Instead it was an exercise in complete body acceptance. In shaming the body shamers. We are bombarded with nude imagery from the perfect people – selfie-addicted models and …

mothers bare postpartum selves and stories

Seeing your naked, postpartum body for the first time can be a real come-to-Jesus moment. I know it was for me. Staring at my fleshy tummy in the brutally unforgiving lights of the hospital bathroom, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to look like I used to.” Before pregnancy. Before birth. It’s easy to get caught up in these types of musings, given how as new moms, we are inundated with images of seemingly perfect celebrities who practically sprint out of the labor and delivery ward in skintight spandex. That’s why photographer Liliana Taboas of Divine Mothering wants women to see different images of new moms, and how they really look postpartum. But the photographs featured in her new book, “I Will Always Be Your Mother,” are about more than showcasing women’s bodies after baby as a way to suggest it’s okay to look like a real person after birth. No, according to Liliana, it’s about time we shifted our focus from how a woman’s body looks postpartum, to what it just did! “I want …

Sketch on Why Certain Women Are Always Naked in the Gym Locker Room

A sketch by Monica Heisey for the new all-women Canadian comedy show Baroness von Sketch Source: NYMag Editor’s Thoughts: It was interesting to come across this the day after we mentioned a piece that had been done on the question of nudity, body image and younger populations. One of the questions in the clothes free community is about why younger people do not engage in social nudism, at least in the way that those who frequent resorts do. Some comments on the topic insist that younger generations just aren’t as comfortable with their own bodies, that older people are more confident. But, as other commenting parties have noted, I would say that assumption is too simplistic. I recall something Chelsea Handler recently mentioned in her piece for Harper’s Bazaar: “As the youngest of six kids, I grew up spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard and I was always topless. All the pictures are of me in jean shorts, no shirt; with my brothers playing football. I remember one day, my dad came out on the balcony and said, “She’s getting little buds, shouldn’t …

my journey to nakedness

The Surprising Reason I’m Always Mostly Naked This exploration of how little I can get away with wearing in public was fucking liberating. As I removed layers of fabric, I also removed the burden I had been carrying around for over a decade: the burden of controlling how other people experience my body. I was removing myself entirely from the responsibility to control how people receive me, and I felt wildly free. People made fun of me, sure. One night I was out with my best friends and they were laughing about my shorts, which didn’t even pretend to cover the bottom of my butt cheeks. I realized in that moment how far I had come, how little I cared, and what a big deal that was. I felt completely safe to be myself, and that meant all of me. No hiding. And that’s when I realized the deeper significance of my journey to nakedness. I have several instances of sexual assault in my history, and I went through an experience at 19 involving an …

wow poetics: i say of beauty

For this week’s Women on Wednesday, poetry takes the stage, as is appropriate given that clothesfreelife.com is currently hosting the 4th annual Clothes Free Poetry Contest “The Body as Poetry” as well. I offer a series of poems throughout the day today. To wrap up today’s poetry flow for Women on Wednesdays, I share this poem from the archives.    I Say of Beauty They said of beauty, “This” An image faking bliss Lines that don’t exist They said of beauty, “This.” They said of beauty, “She.” No beauty found in “He” Who cares what think “We” They said of beauty, “She.” They said of beauty, “That.” A dress, a classy hat Buy it off the rack They said of beauty, “That.” But then I stopped and thought What damage has this wrought What souls have these lies caught Yes, I sat and thought And then I said, “No more.” Exiting the store Gave up the beauty chore I chose and said, “No more.” I say of beauty, “Me.” This beauty that I see Inner beauty free …

Raw Photo Series Asks People To Take Off Their Clothes And Discuss Self-Love

Photographer Anastasia Kuba has learned that although body positivity is important, beauty is much more complex.   Kuba’s self-identification as a beautiful woman shaped many of her life choices growing up. “There was nothing else I thought I had to offer. I was young — I hadn’t really established my identity yet, who I was.” To support herself in her early 20s, after moving from Russia to the United States, Kuba worked as a topless dancer. It wasn’t a defining moment in Kuba’s life, but an affirmation of what she already felt — that her value was affixed to her appearance. A lot of contemporary feminist discussion focuses around ideas of empowerment and body positivity, propelling the belief that every woman, or more aptly every human being, is beautiful. Although Kuba doesn’t disagree with the sentiment, for her, it misses the mark. “We usually talk about the body positivity movement by saying ‘everyone tells us we’re not beautiful enough, but look at us, we are.’ I was in a different boat. I was told I …

How to love your body the Danish way shameless and naked

How to love your body the Danish way (hint: you’ll need to get naked first The Danes have even officially been dubbed the most shameless nation in the world, based on research by the University of Zurich. And, after two years of living here, I’ve finally been inspired to learn to love my body the Scandinavian way. Danish body confidence begins in January. In Denmark nobody bothers to deprive themselves in the cold dark of winter. Last year, my ‘dry January’ met with baffled looks from my Danish friends as they helped themselves to the pastries their country is famous for. Fretting about the way they look or obsessing over staying in shape isn’t something my slender Scandi friends indulge in because, fittingly for residents of the happiest nation in the world, most of them feel fine just the way they are. Source: The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/mood-and-mind/how-to-love-your-body—————————the-danish-way-h/