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in conversation with Ilaria

"My relationship with my body has gone through highs and lows – and it still does at times. Perfectly natural seasonal fluctuations, periods of satisfaction followed by some of frustration: it’s ok. What’s changed compared to when I was a teenager is my attitude towards my body, which now empowers me to be an active rather than passive inhabitant."
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in conversation with Nina

"My relationship with my own womanhood has evolved as I grow older. I have started to love my body more, for it has gone through and survived. It has carried life; it has survived primary breast cancer and it’s now on a fight of a life time to keep me alive for as long as possible with stage 4 cancer."

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in conversation with Claudia

I am still in the process of learning to embrace myself and also understanding what I’m capable of. For so long I had underestimated myself and put too much pressure on what other people thought. I mean no one is perfect, and I fall victim to my own mean words every now and then but as I do more for myself – unapologetically loving my body, owning my own pleasure and standing up for my pain – I find myself becoming the woman I’d always wish I was.

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in conversation with Laura

I’m in my late twenties now and I’ve decided that life’s too short to worry.  These days, I’m mainly appreciative of what my body can do, whether that’s climbing up a wall or slamming a forehand.  I’m just enjoying feeling strong and confident and to me, that’s more important than living up to a particular image of what my body “should” look like.
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in conversation with Be & Abi

I have become more and more in love with my body as I get older because it has carried two incredibly beautiful babies and got me through pretty grotty cancer. I look at the beautiful tapestry of scars and lines on my body, my cancer scar, my caesarean scar, my laughter lines, my tattoo and I love them all. They tell my story.
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in conversation with Trâm

Growing up in East Asia means people can be really pervasive and greatly impact on your body image, let alone gender dysmorphia. I have jokingly said that I am body positive about everybody expect myself at times, because it takes a really long time for us to unlearn the harmful things we have internalised about our bodies. Because of gender dysmorphia, sometimes I feel alien to my body, but I think we are learning to be friends.
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in conversation with Marisa

I’m still not where I want to be - 100% comfortable with every facet of my appearance - but who is? It is so difficult not to compare yourself to others in our almost voyeuristic society. That’s why representation is so important. We should all be able to see people in the mainstream who look like us, with lumps and bumps, rolls and bones, and scars and hair.
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in conversation with Martha

I think since the age of 12 I have worried about my body and what other people will think of it. I have been on every diet you can imagine to try and get thinner. Over the last few years, I have started to come to terms with the fact I am just a bit bigger than the women I see in the media and that's ok and it doesn't make me any less beautiful or sexy.

 

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in conversation with Helen

 The weight, the tattoos are an integral part of me - I feel like myself in any given situation now dressed or undressed. 40 was really hard, my body wasn’t the same, my mental health wasn’t good, my life had completely changed and I didn’t feel in control of things. The last three years I’ve worked really hard to get a handle on myself and what validates me.
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