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A blog encouraging positive body image and self-acceptance.
Founder: Megan Jayne
This month I read about 22-year-old Megan Jayne of Essex, England. Megan struggled with anorexia as a teenager but is now in recovery, and has become a body positive femininst who shares her experiences of healing and self love via her website: http://www.bodyposipanda.com/ and instagram: @bodyposipanda.
The BodyPosiPanda website was inspired by Megan's painful experiences and a driving need to show women everywhere that they do not have to get to a certain weight size before they are happy with their lives, relationships, or career. Her tagline summarizes BodyPosiPanda's mission - "Your purpose, whatever it may be, that is so much more than your outer shell."
Megan talks openly about the effects the disease had on her. At her lowest, size 4 clothes were too loose, her hair was thinning and she was always cold. Yet no matter how thin she became, it was never enough.
She started her healing journey at 16, but as with all habits too far gone, she fell back into binge eating and dieting. It's taken her years, but now she can truly say she's recovering and mean it. The most beautiful thing about her journey, is that no matter how often she fell back, she always stood up stronger, willing to try again.
She inspires women everywhere in the world to see the beauty and not flaws when they look in the mirror. She compares how she looked as an anorexic teenager (which is the world's current standard of beauty) to how she looks now - a beautiful, sexy, confident woman who's truly happy.
Megan told the Daily mail the reason she started BodyPosiPanda: "I try to show people that the impossible beauty standards on our screens and in our magazines are not requirements for happiness. If I can fall in love with my body after all I've been through, anyone can. They just have to believe that they deserve it."
Megan has fought and is winning the battle against the media's definition of beauty. It's time we all do too. As we go into a new year, and make resolutions that may be difficult to keep, let's consciously remind ourselves to remain positive, happy and believe that we can achieve.
Megan wisely says: "We are all so extraordinarily beautiful, just as we are, and our worth extends so far beyond what our outer shells look like. As I sit writing this, hunched over my laptop screen, my bedroom mirror shows me my reflection: I see belly rolls, I see cellulite, I see a million flaws that have previously sent me spiraling into self hatred. But this time, I also see happiness. I see beauty, beyond the one dimensional photoshopped form we're taught to aspire to. I see worth, that extends far past the physical. My vision is no longer clouded by the 'not good enough' mentality we've all been taught about ourselves.
In the body image game, we've been set up to lose from the start. How many of us can remember the first time we saw an impossibly beautiful magazine body, and compared it to our own? How many of us can remember the first cruel comment and the first diet, the first night spent gazing desperately into the mirror, the first bitter tears?"
Every time we don't wear, eat, or do something, because we think we aren't good enough, we let a little bit of power slip through our fingers. Let's take back our power, and refuse to be bothered by the media and huge multibillion dollar diet and beauty companies that profit from our self loathing, and teach us self hatred to make more profit!
As we start 2016, we are going to shine, smile, love and progress significantly. Yes, we will!
Until my next post, (the first of 2016!), have a wonderful holidays! Make resolutions that matter, enjoy yourself, eat good food, laugh loud, and glow unapologetically.
Here's a video of Megan dancing, enjoying her new lease on life: https://instagram.com/p/80vOjXIpVP/?taken-by=bodyposipanda
Written by: Kelechi
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