I found the love the skin you’re in tag here, and I absolutely knew that I had to use it for a Mental Health Monday post. Dissatisfaction with and often hatred of my body has played a big part in my mental health, especially throughout my teenage years. I’m trying to combat that now, but it still plays a daily role in my mood and understanding of myself.
One feature you love about yourself?
I love my tattoos and piercings! I recently got my nose pierced (just a little stud, nothing huge) and I absolutely adore it. With each new piercing or tattoo, I feel like the inner me is coming closer and closer to the surface of my outer self. (You can just about see it on the right side of my nose in this pic!)
One feature you wish/wished you could change that you are trying to accept or have accepted?
I don’t really like my arms – I never wear sleeveless tops or dresses because I feel like people will stare at them because of my weird tan and my chub. However, in my search for body positivity, I’m going to try my best to get over this, and flaunt my arms for all to see!
Have you ever thought of getting surgery to change your imperfections?
Yes. I have thought about breast augmentation/liposuction before, but I don’t think I’ll be going around this route. I think this is a good idea for some people, and I don’t blame them at all! I just feel it would be healthier for me to try to work at my perceived imperfections, and to strengthen my back rather than reduce the weight of my boobs.
One of your main role models for body positivity?
I don’t really have any – however, this question has made me look up some! I’m definitely going to be following body positivity bloggers and instagrammers now that I’ve researched a bit. One person I really like so far is Ragini at A Curious Fancy! She is so adorable!
Has a family member or friend ever put you down about your physical appearance? If so what for?
Hahahah YES. For all sorts of things – not wearing makeup, not dressing as I ‘should’, not covering myself up. A lot of people don’t mean to do this – it’s just that society has told everyone to police bodies, including those of friends and family. I’m trying to break that idea.
Something you love about your fashion sense or style?
I like that I’m slowly growing to realise that I can wear what I want, and not give a rat’s ass about what other people think. I absolutely adore vintage clothing, and I think it makes me look really cute, so I’m going to wear it!! Fuck the haters.
Why is your body a great place to be?
My body is a great place to be because it is curvy and cute and very flexible! It is a canvas for my self-expression, whether it be through tattoos, piercings or makeup! It is me, and I shouldn’t be afraid of loving it.
If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Body positivity is always a good thing xx
(The drawing of the lovely lady in my graphic can be found here).