Real Talk: We Asked People About Their Body Image

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By: Marcela Ortiz

Every now and then, I get to meet wonderful people through the studio. I love listening to their life stories, passions and ultimately what led them to do a photo shoot. Each story is unique and inspiring – yet there’s always one thing that comes up: body image.

It turns out that 8 out of 10 people want to do a photo shoot to overcome their insecurities. 80 PERCENT! And, let me say that it’s completely different seeing a number than actually listening to what people have to say about their experiences. It changes your perspective – it also makes you realise that the person next to you might be going through similar experiences.

And that’s when something just clicked.

What if somehow we could shed a light upon the most “common” body images struggles that people face? That’s when my team and I decided to dig a little deeper.

We asked people to write down (anonymously) why they wanted to overcome their insecurities and how doing a photo shoot could help with that. Then, we asked some of our team members to read them.   

If I’m being honest, I hadn’t seen anything like this before. The amount of empathy and compassion that I was feeling was… I just can’t even put it into words. I have been in their position too. Not only that, but I was also shocked to see how many people are struggling with their body image.

All I wanted to do is reach out to these people and say “you’re incredibly amazing and I want you to see it”.

And I started thinking… why are we letting our insecurities (in any shape or form) get in the way of becoming the best we can be? I can only speak for myself, and I can tell you, I certainly spend waaaay too much time thinking about my insecurities instead of focusing on what I could be.

Reclaiming your body from negative thoughts can be daunting, but ultimately, celebrating who you are and what you can do is such an empowering experience. And I hope others are able to go into this journey of acceptance, and compassion not only within ourselves but with the person next to us.


5 Comments

Sophie

Wow this truely helps, I have always struggled with my body image and always thought it was just me but after watching this video it’s shown me that I’m not the only one. I’d just like to say to all of these people struggling with their body image that you are truly amazing and your beautiful for who you are, it doesn’t matter what people think of us as long as we’re happy with who we are.
Thanks once again for sharing this video and for everyone struggling out there just Remeber how beautiful you are and just be you.

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Katherine

More often then not i cant even bring myself to look at myself in the mirror but when im feeling myself giirrlll i FEEELL myself and everyone just assumes that im confident always

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