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26 Y.O. Compares Her Bikini Photo To Her 13 Y.O. Self & Guess What She Sees?

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  •  May 24, 2017

 

There is a harsh reality that we don’t want to face when it comes to body shaming. No, we are not afraid of the ones who point out our flaws to us.

We are afraid of ourselves. Rachel Spencer, who is a confidence and success coach, posted two pictures of herself in a swimsuit. The first picture was taken when she was thirteen.

See how cutely she’s trying to cover her tummy. img_2

In the second picture, she stands happy, content, and confident, calling herself a self-love queen.

 

“I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a good caption but this photo just makes me sad when I look at it,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “So how about I ask you a question: Who taught the young girl on the left to hide her tummy before taking pictures in a swimsuit? Who taught her that at only 13 years old, her chubby little body was unworthy of a photographic memory?” img_1

“I have a message for all the women who are much older and STILL feel ashamed to show their tummy at the pool: Don’t be,” Spencer said. “Put on that bikini and smile. Don’t feel the need to let other people’s opinions ruin precious memories with your friends and family. Show your daughters what it’s like to flaunt their flaws at the pool. No shame. Your imperfections tell a story. Your body is beautiful. You are BEAUTIFUL.” 

I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a good caption but this photo just makes me sad when I look at it. So how about I ask you a question: Who taught the young girl on the left to hide her tummy before taking pictures in a swimsuit❓ Who taught her that at only 13 years old, her chubby little body was unworthy of a photographic memory❓ It definitely wasn’t her parents or family, so who was it? Well, did you know that this innocent young girl was bullied for her weight? Not by the girls. The girls were nice. But the boys…the boys were mean. From then on out, she never wanted to go to the pool, saw boys as a threat, cried to her teachers, etc etc. Things started to get better in middle school, but then came the media. *Knock Knock* Diet culture, fitness, cellulite cream–CELLULITE?? Why was a 13 year old worried about cellulite??? Because the media told her it was bad. That SHE was bad and needed to change. If you couldn’t tell by now, the young girl was me. There’s a big difference between the closed off, hiding, young girl on the left and the carefree, happy, open girl on the right. ❤️And that difference is self love.❤️ I taught it to myself. I had to. I had to find a way to be happy. The process wasn’t quick. I’m still working on it at 26 years old. But I have a message for all the women who are much older and STILL feel ashamed to show their tummy at the pool: Don’t be. Put on that bikini and smile. Don’t feel the need to let other people’s opinions ruin precious memories with your friends and family. Show your daughters what it’s like to flaunt their flaws at the pool. No shame. Your imperfections tell a story. Your body is beautiful. You are BEAUTIFUL.

4,611 Likes, 68 Comments – Confidence & Success Coach (@mylifecoachrachel) on Instagram: “I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a good caption but this photo just makes me sad when I…”

That is so true, woman. Don’t you think it’s time we embrace ourselves the way we are, and find beauty in it?

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