I’m a perfectionist, especially when it comes to upholding traditions, and I’ve driven myself to exhaustion with all the parties, shopping and baking all day long. So this year, I’m trying to do things differently.
NSFW breaks down and pokes fun at the ridiculous lengths these types of consumer magazines will reach to “empower” women, all while photoshopping thigh bulges and tummy rolls to create the perfect image of a woman.
Last Tuesday, September 9, I was honoured to celebrate the International Day of Beauty at the second annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs). In a room with a killer view 51 floors above the city at Toronto’s Panorama Lounge, we toasted this year’s four winners and listened to some incredibly moving and inspiring speeches about body positivity.
In my story I am lucky – I am not a survivor of rape and I couldn’t confidently say it was an attempted rape either, I can confidently say I was attacked/assaulted quite brutally and am still standing with (luckily) just a few scars. It’s hard to use the word ‘lucky’ in this situation, but I am. My attack was minor in comparison to the many women who have faced assault, sexual assault, harassment and rape in their lives.
Body-positive vlogger Meghan Tonjes suspected that the reason her underwear-covered bum photo had been removed from Instagram had something to do with her plus-sized figure, so she posted an awesome video rebuttal (no pun intended) on YouTube.
You are beautiful. I am telling you this because, sadly, one day someone might tell you otherwise—or worse, you might not see the beauty in yourself. I know, you might be thinking, “You have to say I’m beautiful, because you’re my mother.” True… But I judge beauty not by what I see, but by how it makes me feel. And both of you, my beautiful daughters, bring me pure joy.