My name is Tessa, and I’ve had body image issues for as long as I can remember. I’ve never really felt comfortable in my own skin, and I finally decided to change that. More and more I’m realizing happiness and beauty isn’t achieved by being skinny or being this or that. Its about accepting yourself, there is only one you and why not flaunt it? If I have enough confidence to chop all my hair off and dye it blue, (currently pink) so why can’t I wear a bikini? Hating yourself doesn’t help anything, and confidence looks good on everyone. And honestly, if the worst thing someone can say about me is I’m big, then I’m doing pretty damn good.
5’11, size 10, 38-34-46 (roughly)
24 yrs, 5 feet, 150 lbs, dress size 10
Two hours before this photo was taken, I was standing in the shower crying my eyes out wishing my mother were alive to tell me how beautiful I was. Instead my fiancé was nervously standing outside the shower stall reassuring me that I was not a disgusting blob of a human being who did not deserve his love. I felt such self-loathing because six months after purchasing my dress, it would not zip up all the way.
I could go on about how as I child I was taunted on a regular basis about my weight and how it has negatively affected my self-image, but the sad fact is I am still being taunted to this day. Only now it’s the endless bridal magazines that only feature women who are 50 pounds lighter and a foot taller than me. It’s the middle-aged women at my work that are constantly giving me weight loss tips without having asked for them. It’s my personal trainer reminding me that they can take my dress in two sizes when I have made it clear my ultimate goal is health, not weight loss. It’s my grandma who was adamant that I should not get a wedding dress one size up to be more comfortable because six months is a long time to lose 10 pounds.
WELL GUESS WHAT SOCIETY! I HAVE CURVES AND THEY ARE DAMN SEXY. Why is it that on the happiest day of my life I should be a starving skeleton like version of myself? I want to be round and soft so I can embrace my family and friends with an abundance of my being. Why are women expected to look like coat racks and give their wedding dresses all the attention? I am wearing my wedding dress it is not wearing me.
I just really want to know, who decided that becoming a bride means giving permission to be scrutinized by society? Being a bride, does not give you permission to talk about my weight. There is this revolutionary concept that all women are allowed to love the bodies they have and not be expected to change them to meet your narrow definition of beauty.
This is my second submission, I can’t express enough how much this blog has done for my self esteem! I hope every girl who follows this site can learn to love and appreciate themselves and their bodies the way I have. I used to hate wearing bikinis, and now, I don’t even think twice about it. Love your curves. <3
Size 9 or 11
Hello my name is Mariana! i’m 5’1. Size 8-10, I fluctuate between 152-160lbs, & this is my first submission :)
I’m Melanie from Quebec. My measurements are : 5’4” - 150 lb - 37 - 32 1/2 - 43. Size 10
I am recovering from an eating disorder. I suffered from anorexia and bulimia as I was a circus artist and a professional dancer. Now I eat what I want when I want it. I’m mosly free of the ED prison. I sometimes still struggle with my new body with curves, but most of the time I feel sexy :o)
This site helps me to have more confidence because you are all georgous ladies regardless of sizes…
Ig: ariochoa_ tthemthangs.tumblr.com.
I was so scared to even try this bathing suit on today! But I actually really like and I’m feeling really confident in it. Loving my body.
Aletta, 19. The Netherlands
We all have that one dress that makes us feel good. That makes us feel like we don’t need to pay attention to any of our perceived ”flaws” and rock it. For me I feel safe in something I love. Yes, I am a Star Wars geek. Yes, I have big thighs. Yes, I’m not skinny. But there’s nothing wrong with that. I’d like to add that there’s also nothing wrong with skinnier bodies by the way, we’re all awesome.
Size US 10
Measurements: 45 - 32 - 44
I’ve been following this blog for years and this is my first time submitting!
I’ve always struggled with my curves because I was very thin until middle school and since then I’ve always been told I am too big or need to lose weight. I love being curvy though :)
Size: 8/10 US
Bust: 40 (30FF)
The swimsuit is Freya!
Sara. Twenty five. 5.6’ - recently down to 158 - size 10/12
Its taken a lot of hard work and positive thoughts to get me on the path to self love but I’m much closer now than I was even 4 months ago.
I’m LOVING what my body has become, and I’ll never stop wearing leggings ;)
22 years old, size 10-12, 5’0”
Hello, my name is Liana and I’m 24. I’ve been following this blog for a while, just never been a member of Tumblr until recently, and decided to share a photo!
Like many of you, I have gone through long periods of time with not being okay with my body and wishing it would be smaller. I’ve gone through bouts of both bulimia and anorexia. However, I have recovered and am loving my body just the way it is!
Height: 5 feet 5 inches.
Bra Size: 38B.
Dress Size: 8 or 10.
My husband and I set up a photo shoot specifically for this Tumblr. I was surprised that I found not one, but two photos that I wanted to submit. Enjoy!
♥I just had spine surgery and got an inch taller and lost a little weight. I’m around 159 at the moment and need a confidence boost.
Measurement’s 41, 31, 42
Woman’s US size 10-12
23 years old 170 lbs.
I have not always struggled with my body image. I was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years from the time I was in elementary school up until the age of 18. I was always very fit, being 5’7 and a size 2. When I turned 19 I seemed to plump up and gained 30 lbs. It took me a long time to finally accept the way I look now and love my curves. I am woman, hear me roar! <3