I have a challenge for you...
You may or may not be aware of the Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers, who has recently caused outraged by body-shaming a nude lady in the gym changing room via snapchat.
Miss Mathers did publicly apologise and I'm all for forgiving someone when they own their mistakes. The purpose of this blog post is not to cause people to call her names for making such a bad error in judgement. I'm sure that the loss of much of her work and the criminal prosecution she is facing (should the police manage to uncover the identity of the victim and should she wish to press charges) will be more than enough to whoop her ass.
Here is her apology:
But I love Christine Delicate Flower's response on Facebook which so far has had 63,000 likes, 7,500 shares and 2,800 comments many of which are photo responses revealing the commenters' own bodies (scroll down to the bottom to see the one that I added myself!)
Dear Dani Mathers,
By now, most of my friends have seen that you posted a picture of a naked woman showering at your gym with the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either".
About a month ago, I was changing to work out, I slipped my scrubs off without taking my shoes off, and as I stood there in shoes, undies and a headband, I caught my husband taking my picture so I posed playfully due to the obvious absurdity of it all. Later, I saw the picture and begged him to delete it, I hated it, all I saw was lumps and bumps. He simply smiled and softly said "I think it's beautiful". So I let him keep it.
Here's the deal- you may have been a Playboy model but not all of us work out to be "hot", some of us work out simply to honor the bodies we were given. That's all that woman was trying to do and you violated her. Shame on you. I bet I could get 100s of women to post their beautiful bodies and regardless of size, shape or color, they will ALL be more beautiful than the ugliness you showed in that post.
So, #DaniMathers, I'd like to introduce you to my 5'10", 194lb lumpy, bumpy glory.
EDITED AND ADDED IN ON 25TH JULY:
I have since discovered that she has come under fire from friends of Miss Mathers for being an attention seeking something or other when in fact what she is trying to do stand up for those who are being victimised. What she, and I hope to do is flood the internet with images of NORMAL bodies, with lumps and bumps, curves and edges, so as to take back control from the cyber bullies and the media: to say we're not going to be fooled any more and taken in and hypnotised by the airbrushed images. We want real, not fake!
So in support of this movement and as a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador I stand with Delicate Flower and reveal my lumpy bumpy body in all it's glory, no airbrushing, photoshopping or touching up. Please "bare" in mind (pun intended) that showing my belly is not something I'm madly keen on - even as Miss Monroe International Champion my belly was covered up... so here goes:
Actually that wasn't too painful. In fact it was very liberating! Although I'm not a huge fan of the tummy, I've got a lovely shape and very little cellulite - focus on your good bits, look at the whole, not just the parts - the whole is far greater than the sum of our parts!
Why don't you give it a go. I challenge you to share this blog on Facebook and in the comments section post a photo of yourself in all your glory (umm, i think nipples and lady gardens need to be covered up, please, thank you) with all your curves and edges, lumpy bumpy, wibbly wobbly bits!! Encourage your friends to do the same and tag me, of course!
If you do not have a Facebook profile send your photo to me and I will share it for you.
#BIMGA #BOPO #IHaveEmbraced #UnseeTHIS #BodyImageMovement