A little while ago, I asked you to start sharing your stories in hopes of us learning to empower one another. The world can seem ridiculously lonely, especially when the voice inside your head keeps telling you that you can’t. The #BMKBucketList is my way of taking control of my insecurities and changing my biggest “I can’t” to “I will.” But now, I’d like to chat about you and what your experience with body positivity is. Starting this conversation proves that we all have a war going on inside our heads but with a little motivation, we can roar back at the negativity and learn to love and embrace our bodies.
This week, we’re chatting to Adrienne from Kashering Your Life, who was very keen in answering my little body-positive interview.
If you’d like to catch up on everyone else’s stories, see here.
WHAT DOES BODY POSITIVITY MEAN TO YOU?
Being body positive means that you are aware of your size and shape and that you accept the way you look, no matter what even if you know that you need to lose weight.
WHY DOES BODY POSITIVITY RESONATE WITH YOU AND WHY DO YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT?
I think society as a whole creates a negative image of body types, the models are almost all hour glass, so what happens if you are an apple or a pear shape? It resonates as I have an overweight teenage daughter with a pear shape and finding clothes that suit is difficult and creates a negative image for her.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR BODY?
Probably my feet, they a small and dainty and not too badly damaged from ballet.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?
Clothes that flatter my figure, make me feel confident, starting with the right foundation garments.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PAIR OF JEANS, A LIPSTICK SHADE OR SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT GIVES YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO CONQUER
Sadly I do have a favourite skirt, it is old, faded and unflattering but so comfortable. I usually only wear it at home. What gives me confidence though is the whole look, if I look good I feel good.
WHO IS YOUR WOMAN-CRUSH? (CELEBRITY, FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, ACTRESS, ETC.)
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Olga Meshoe is my inspiration, she is a young woman with so much passion for what she does, she is never afraid to show her love of her family, and take a stand for what she believes in.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN, GROWING UP, ABOUT SELF-LOVE?
I think I would have liked to have known that it is okay to be comfortable with a fuller figure, if you are healthy and eating right, that what others think doesn’t matter all that much.
One of my biggest issues has been that as a teenager I was extremely self-conscious about my body, I developed large breast fairly early, but I was skin and bone, not from dieting but just because that’s the way it was, you could count my ribs and my hip bones stuck out significantly. I am
1,53 and at the age of 28 weighed only 42kg, 4 20 years and 4 kids later I now weigh over 65kg.
Thanks Adrienne for sharing your answers to this week’s body confidence interview. I love seeing new people on here and being introduced to their stories and better yet, sharing them. If you’d like to share your own story and answer the body positive questionnaire, then drop me a line at: editor[at]bymegankelly[dot]co[dot]za