THE BODY IMAGE MOVEMENT

THE BODY IMAGE MOVEMENT: LEARNING TO LOVE THE BODY YOU'VE GOT

Nowadays, it has become quite difficult to flip the pages of a magazine, look up at an advertisement billboard or browse images of celebrities online without seeing female images that have been enhanced by Photoshop. Ours is also the day and age where the practices of plastic surgery, eating disorders and “selling sex” have become common practices in order to achieve an ideal beauty that has been set by the media.

The Body Image Movement is a movement that aims to promote positive body image among women around the world. The movement also seeks to encourage women to love their bodies—imperfections and all—and learn how to prioritise their health over their physical appearance. In doing so, the Body Image Movement takes a stand against any practice that pressures women into changing the way they look to fit a conventional notion of beauty. For example, the movement is against Photoshopping, unrealistic body images promoted by corporations and the objectification of women in the media.

Instead, the Body Image Movement supports diversity and promotes the idea that there is no single standard definition of beauty since it comes in different body sizes, shapes and colours. Instead of concerning themselves with their so-called imperfections, the Body Image Movement believes that women should learn to embrace their body, be thankful for the privilege of getting old and focus on more important things such as health, family and realising their dreams.

Taryn Brumfitt: Mother and Movement Founder

The movement was founded by Taryn Brumfitt, who is currently a mother of three beautiful children. Giving birth to three kids understandably altered Taryn's body greatly. Just like most women who have become mothers, Taryn worried about her sagging breasts and the flabby stomach that pregnancy had left her with. She made the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to gain back the perky breasts and flat stomach that she once had. However, as the day of her surgery drew nearer, Taryn thought about her daughter Mikaela and how she will be able to raise her with a surgically altered body. How can she possibly teach Mikaela to love her own body when she (Taryn) was obviously unable to do so?

In the end, Taryn chose to take a rare path in today's body-obsessed age: she made the decision to love her own body.

Spreading the Word (and Body Love)

Instead of keeping her epiphany to herself, Taryn also decided to spread the word to other women (and men) who were going through the same body issues that that she experienced. This decision led to the Body Image Movement. The movement invites other women to support the cause by joining its community. In the official website, Taryn shares her personal journey as well as her schedule of speaking engagements, events and media appearances. The Body Image Movement also has a shop which currently sells two products: The Body-Lovin' Guide eBook written by Taryn and beautiful magnets that feature inspiring photos and quotations which customers can put on their fridge doors to help them remember to love their bodies.

Check out The Body Image Movement: http://bodyimagemovement.com.au/