Happy to re-share... Please do re-share too, it IS
a worthy cause
I grew up with very low self-esteem. I was a dark, skinny girl who wore hand me downs because we couldn’t afford new clothes or shoes. I was socially awkward and avoided events as much as I could. I always felt out of place. Heck, even getting called to answer questions in the classroom scared the wits out of me. And high school crushes? I kept mine as a secret. I didn’t want anyone to know because I didn’t want to be ridiculed. I was terrified that if others knew about it, this ugly girl would get teased.
What I lacked in the looks department, I tried to make up for by being a good student. No, I am not a brainiac. I just was the type to hit the books hard in elementary and high school. University is another matter, though. I became known as that studious girl who got really good grades and whom the teachers liked. Inasmuch as I wanted to remain anonymous, that didn’t happen.
Now that I am older, I realize how silly it was to have felt inadequate because of how I looked. It didn’t help that I grew up in a society that puts a premium on snowy white skin. We were always bombarded with a plethora of skin whitening products. So did I aspire to be fair-skinned? Yes, I did. I think I tried a few facial whitening cleansers. It was a waste of my time and money. They never worked.
I am over it now. I am happy the way I am.
So why am I telling you this?
Because it is the Love Your Body
Day today. The NOW Love Your Body Foundation
turned 15 today, October 17th. It is a charity that promotes healthy body image and works to prevent eating disorders. Find out more about the Love Your Body Campaign
. Also, please share a post or an image that promotes a healthy body image.
In conjunction with this, a group of G+ female photographers and writers including myself, have come together to publish a follow up book through +Blurb Books
to raise awareness for the charity. Our first book, ”How We See It... our view of our worlds” was released last April 27, 2012. The second one will be published at the end of this month. The amount of talent these women have who participated in the project is amazing. The first book was great but the second one is even better.
The project is spearheaded by +Beth Akerman