Embracing our bodies.

No, I’m not pregnant.

This is me.  Me on a normal day, the real me without tensing my stomach or breathing in.  I have a little belly, and even though she’s not the ‘ideal body’ set by media standards, she is me.  And it’s about time we start accepting that.

I would hate anyone to come to any one of my social media pages and feel insecure, jealous or self-loathing.  I want women, young and old, to feel empowered, strong, confident and, above all, content in their bodies and lives, and so here I am, baring it all… literally.

I invited Rebecca (one of my favourite photographers to work with) to come and help shoot ‘me and my belly’ in all our glory, and honestly, it was both completely liberating and really shocking at the same time.  I discovered that whenever Becca lifted her camera, my initial response, without consciously realising it, was to stand taller and breathe in.  It seems I have conditioned myself to ‘suck in’ and tense my stomach muscles whenever someone gets a camera out, and that is heartbreaking.  I had become part of the problem.  Not only was I looking at Instagram and feeling self-loathing for not having a flat tummy like the people I was following, but I was adding to that lie by doing the exact same thing myself!

I literally had to keep reminding myself throughout the shoot that it was okay to just RELAX and breathe normally – accepting my tummy for all it is, and you know what?  It felt incredible!  I began to feel sexy, confident and completely in control!  This is something I’d like to encourage everyone to experience!  Maybe, if we all join together and start posting our ‘real’ bodies, our little tums, our stretch marks, our spots, then I am pretty certain that on the whole we might start becoming more accepting of ourselves, of each-other, and to feel more comfortable in our skins – we might actually STOP comparing ourselves to one-other!

I feel with real passion that, as ‘influencers’, or people with a following,  we should give realistic expectations of our lives, whether that be body, feelings, mental health or relationships, so, right here and now, I encourage you all to share your beautiful stomachs with the hashtags #LetItOut #BeBellyBold

Ladies, please let’s vow to keep it more real on social media?  Let’s let it out, don’t suck it in, let’s embrace and love and share our incredible bodies, and in turn, let’s help others to become more accepting of themselves.

Photographs by the wonderful Rebecca Need-Menear.

Inspired by a post by @lisaeileen_.

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  1. November 18, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    This is amazing Katie, very inspirational. You’re so right, we are totally conditioned to suck in or pose as soon as the camera is lifted (well I know I do) and it is sad, because like you say, we become part of the problem. We should all be more confident in our own bodies, flaws aren’t bad and we should totally accept that. So yeah, I love this!

    Lucy | Forever September

  2. November 19, 2018 / 9:45 am

    As Further Education Provider in fashion and beauty this is the message we have been promoting for the last 10 years!
    My own background is modelling so I know how harsh and unrealistic the expectations are.
    It took my health and I promised to help others not to be in similar situation

    I completely agree and am happy to help promoting this message further

  3. November 19, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Recently I’ve been getting a ‘little belly’ similar to yours and at first I felt so rubbish about it, but this post has really uplifted me!! It’s so easy to get wrapped up with wanting to have the ‘perfect body’ we see on social media, when in reality, there is no perfect body. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    – Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

  4. November 19, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    These photos of you are beyond GORGEOUS. Wow. I’d love to see the hashtags take off on social media – I think this is exactly what everyone needs right now (women especially).

  5. Natasha
    November 20, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly! Especially after the train wreck that is having babies. The kiddos colour our world, but wreck our tummies.
    Good on you! And a tiny tum does not take away from the sexy. I think total body confidence give you a level of sexy that can’t be matched.

  6. November 25, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. 🙂

    Zania

  7. Cheryl
    December 12, 2018 / 10:35 am

    Thank you for the inspiration and bravery. You look amazing, and I will tell myself that word when I look at the mirror.

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