Unapologetically SHOWING UP FULLY. #justmybod
! Thanks @lostwiththesea
My younger self was always body & self-conscious. When I look back over old photos, I sit and wonder how I could’ve ever believed I was fat or imperfect. I held so much sham around my body when I was younger. I often believed I was never good enough, finding fault with my straight torso and not having wide enough hips. I also found fault with my round butt.
⠀ 🙈My mother didn’t help the situation much either. She and many popular fashion magazines helped to fuel my insecurities. This is partly why I’m quick to tell parents to stop criticizing their children’s bodies because they’re helping to create insecurities within their children.
Because of my mother’s constant criticizing I felt like my body was not good enough so I often felt the need to cover it up and wear baggy pants, shorts, T-shirts, track pants and track shirts to hide my frame from the world all throughout my teens.
Fast forward to my early twenties where I was always self-conscious about the size and shape of my body, especially in the summertime. Mass media didn’t help me either. Everywhere I looked 👀 I felt bombarded with skinny images showing me how my body should look in the clothing they were advertising but I just couldn’t fit into their created mould. And example of this is, where they show you a bathing suit 👙 and cute pair of sexy shorts but you know your bum would suffocate trying to fit in. Like what the Royal 👑F&*k people?!?
This year I was coerced into taking part in our yearly Toronto Caribbean carnival, happening in August. I’ll be wearing a very sexy costume so it’s understandable that I’m stressing out a bit about my body and how I need to shape it into a better shape. This is the human part of me, friends. I get triggered by the same things most of you do. ⠀
What I realized today is that Its okay to not fall victim to the brainwashing. It’s okay to accept myself just the way I am and unapologetically love all of me.
You too can decide to do the same and take your power back. Use this hashtag #justmybod
and show us how.
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