The journey of body positivity, self-love and acceptance has been long and brutal. A lot of tears have been shed in the process and endless hours of honest conversations had to be had to get me to the happy place I am in now.
Growing up, I did not think I was beautiful because I did not see women that looked like me on magazine covers and on my favourite TV shows. My idea of beauty was therefore altered because of that and I wished I had flawless skin, shiny white teeth, straight hair and a size 6 body.
Upon turning 35, I decided a photo shoot would be the best way to finally honour and celebrate my beautiful body – flaws and all. It was bold and necessary move for ‘a woman my age and a mother’. bit.ly/2Jguxa9
The politics of women’s bodies is unending and women are forever before a societal judge and jury that will call us all manner of names for flashing some skin (especially if you are woman of a certain age) as they compare us to other (usually younger) women and pick out our flaws to laugh over behind our backs (or under pseudo names on social media). Constantly religion and culture are used to validate this bashing but to what end? When will women finally be allowed free reign of their own bodies. bit.ly/2Rh41mp
For the past two years, I have been part of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and it is a project that is close to my heart. We need more people (male and female) to get screened at their nearest health centres because early as detection saves lives. Cancer has robbed us enough already so it’s important we put up a brave fight until a cure that will stop it dead in its tracks is found.
The campaign photographs are always done in a tasteful yet thought provoking and conversation starting way. While some choose to call them ‘near nude’ and spend energies comparing them to other works where women have shown skin, I choose to celebrate the women who (like me) have taken ownership of their bodies and are redefining what beauty is to themselves, society and the generations to come.
To all the women, salute!