I'm officially a BIMGA!
A what? A Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, that's what! Hoorah!
I applied about a month ago and this week I got confirmation that I had been accepted. I had no doubt that I would be accepted. Who better to help spread the love of all things Body Positivity than I?
The Body Image Movement was started by a lady called Taryn Brumfitt who journeyed from body loather to body lover and documented her experiences in the film Embrace.
"There’s no doubt about it - body shaming has reached pandemic proportions. Having travelled the globe, listening to and witnessing people’s hatred of their bodies, the Body Image Movement is here to change the conversation from one of body loathing to one of body loving.
The issue of poor body image is not a superficial one. Global rates of eating disorders and body related depression and anxiety on the rise. I’ve travelled to many countries, have spoken to tens of thousands of women, and the relationship the majority of them have with their bodies is one of self loathing and hatred.
Each of our reason’s why the body image conversation needs to happen between us, our loved ones and our local community will be different.
My personal ‘why’, why I constantly engage in the conversation is simple - I learned to love my body and I felt like I had won the golden ticket. I wanted to share my story with as many women as I could. In the beginning I wanted to tell friends, then it grew to my community, then my city, my country and eventually the world."
This resonates with me perfectly and in becoming a BIGMA I am continuing the work I have begun with the School of Strut® and am joining a larger community of like minded women all around the world who are sick of being bashed over the head with adverts for diet aids and images of air brushed models.
Watch the trailer to her moving documentary... WARNING: you might need tissues
I cannot wait for this be premiered in the UK... I will be getting a group of fabulous females together for that so let me know if you want to come along, I'll put you on a list and make sure you know about it! (EMAIL ME)
This is Taryn's story in her own words...
"In 2012, while contemplating my impending plastic surgery which would make my breasts perky plus neatly tuck away that excess fat on my stomach, I had an epiphany.
If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How will I teach her to love her body? How am I going to encourage her to accept and love her body, when I am standing in front of her with a surgically enhanced body? What type of hypocrite or mother would I be?
Presented to me at that moment of realisation, were questions I needed to address, and within that moment, I knew the answer. It was clear. I chose Mikaela, and the future of my daughter.
With the decision to cancel my surgery firmly in place, it still left me with the awareness that I was stuck in a body that I didn’t love, with parts I detested. I was at rock bottom, I hated my body more than ever.
Then a thought popped into my head. What if? What if I could live happily with my body? Was this even possible?
I picked myself up off the floor, wiped the tears from my eyes and looked into my mirror. Bursting from my soul came my old friend Taz. The one I knew and loved, the happy-go-lucky self which had been hiding for too long.
She simply said, “You can do this”.
And so began this journey. This unwavering desire to teach, educate and shout around the world that loving your body can bring you happiness and by learning to do so, change lives forever."
YOU can become a BIMGA too! Set aside some time to fill out the application form (don't do it on the train when your phone battery is low and end up having to start the whole thing again when you get home - doh! Yep, I did that!).
What is involved? Not much really... just promising to set aside an hour a week (or more) to spread the Body Image Movement's positive message, either in person or social media... which is what I do all day every day really!
Join me, Taryn and a continually growing number of women to help spread the message.
#ihaveembraced ... have you?