It's Friday! Which sadly for me usually means the start of work. Luckily this weekend isn't a match weekend so I am doing normal shifts. Friday also means Friend Friday!! yay! This week we tackle a bit of a touchy subject. Body Image. How we feel about the way we look and what we do about it. Here are my answers and as always check out Modly Chic for all the other lovely ladies involved!
1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed?
I have actually become more acceptant of my body image the more I have blogged and the more outfit posts I do. I was very slim until I was 18 then I piled on a lot of weight which I was originally very unhappy about. But I had dieted and nothing had happened so I figured I'm probably just meant to be this size. Posting pictures of myself on my blog was a big thing for me, as I was conscious about being bigger than I used to be. But after receiving some great encouragement and so many lovely comments off people I have become more than happy with my current body image. It has been great for my confidence! So thank you all for the comments.
2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway?
Hmm, my thighs are too big, as is my tummy and I don't like my teeth, lol. But these things don't really bother me that much anymore as I have learnt to dress myself to hide/flatter these areas. I have fallen in love with 50's dresses and skirts as they look best on my figure, so I don't so much avoid these areas they just no longer factor into the equation. And I smile without my teeth, if I can help it. I tend to look sweet and innocent when I do it, lol. So it all suits me very well. I will happily talk about the aspect of me I am unhappy with, as you can see, I just don't really think about it that often and don't think other people would want to hear about it, except in situations like this.
3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?
Umm...ok that's kinda hard. I will always want to be slimmer I think, until I actually do lose the weight, or at least some weight. I am happy with my body at the moment, but would maybe be a little happier if I was my size 10 again. So I am not really sure what the future holds. I have a wedding in September that I am a bridesmaid for so would like to be a bit slimmer for that, but if the weight doesn't drop then I shant worry. The dresses are being made we get to chose the style, so I'm gonna stick with my 50's silhouette, and I know it will look great no matter what size I am!
4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you're having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision?
I do post outfit shots. My other half takes them, but I only let him take photos of outfits I am happy with. I always worry about looking big in my photos, even though I know I am not really that big. We often plan outfit shoots outside in the park or other places and I will always dress up for these and am always happy doing them, I find them fun, and I don't tend to worry when I am doing the photos (just after when I am editing, lol).
5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?
Oh heck. I am useless at inspirational advice. I think I would just say that you just need to learn to be happy with your body the way you are. Learn to dress for your shape, no matter what it is, because dressing to flatter your size will ultimately make you happy and more confident with the way you already are. If you really hate something, then change it, but change it because you want to, not because other people feel you should. Just do what makes you happy!
Gosh that was a bit of heavy one, wasn't it? Ho do you feel about your body image? Is it a touchy subject or are you happy to discuss it?
Has blogging made it easy to accept how you look?
p.s. Some exciting news...we are moving house in July to a bigger place with some friends of ours. It's a big 4 bed maisonette and is lush, so there will be some new backdrops coming in the summer! Yay!