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Body Image – Voices

“If you’re not happy about something and you want to change and reach some type of goal, just work towards it slowly.”
Long Island, NY
I’m probably the most insecure about my midriff section. My lower stomach has always been my problem area.

I also don’t really like my boobs. A lot of girls wish they had bigger boobs, but mine are just so big that they’ve become annoying and really hard to deal with.

My body image affected my confidence and self-esteem a lot more in junior high and high school, but now as I’m getting older, I’m learning to just accept myself more and realize that I don’t need to look a certain way to be beautiful.

All of these insecurities about my body that would always get to me so emotionally are finally starting to let up, so I’m thankful for that.

I think the media plays a very big role when it comes to body image. Everywhere you look you see all these famous people that have these perfect smooth, flat bodies, so you grow up thinking that is what you need to look like to be attractive. And when you look in the mirror and you don’t see that, it makes you feel like you need to change in order to like your body.

However, I feel like there are a lot of positive movements going on now, like the emergence of plus size modeling, starting to open up more areas of self-love, which is really important. People who are confident in their own skin inspire me.

There’s this youtuber, Trisha Paytas, who has really helped me learn to love myself more. Seeing her be so confident in her body even though she’s not the tall, skinny model type has really opened my eyes.

If you’re not happy about something and you want to change and reach some type of goal, just work towards it slowly. But you also have to learn to love yourself the way you are right now, because you only have one body, so treat it nicely.

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