Needed powerful post by @ellianagilbertphotography! "Within this tiny space, dreams came true. Within this vessel, 3 lifelines were created. New love was born. New purpose arrived.
How could this incredible vehicle of life possibly be shamed, urged to cover up, be hidden.
Why should such an amazing biological process come to an end & then be shut away, never to be seen again? Why is the pregnant body so "radiant" & "aglow" yet, a postpartum body needs to begin a regimen in order to "bounce back" to something it was before? Why shouldn't it be allowed to be whatever it is, celebrated for whatever it is, whether it's soft, or firm, muscular, or not so much? As a birth photographer & photographer of primarily female clients... I can tell you, no matter how fit women are who come out to see me for photography, no matter how "textbook-beautiful" women might be, no matter how hard they work to be fit & healthy, eat well, & live an active lifestyle, etc... the majority of my clients have some degree of insecurity or shame or embarrassment towards their own personal body. A landslide majority.
So...this is my own form of media. Via social media.
I'm going to show you this image of the 3x postpartum torso of a gorgeous young woman, & I am going to tell you without hesitation, this woman is beautiful. She's a rockstar for having carried to term & birthing 3 babies; she should not be made to feel guilty or ashamed of the skin she wears. Life is too damn short to waste away hating yourself for something you cannot change, for something that forever changed you in an amazing way, made you who you are today. We can all make changes for the better in our lives. We can all choose to live healthier, be more mindful of what we eat and how we spend our energy and burn our calories.
Let's PLEASE, for the sake of LIFE ITSELF, try to love & nurture ourselves while we're on this planet. Be kind to ourselves & one another. #FuckTheMedia for Unrealistic Beauty Standards!