Hi! - It’s Amanda. I’m gonna be real raw with you today. ———————————————————————————
I have stretch marks all over my body. I have small boobs and big thighs. I have loose skin on my tummy from having babies. I have crooked teeth. I have acne. But you know what? I LOVE myself despite all of those things!
This did NOT happen over night. Far from it. In fact I’ve struggled with insecurities and body image issues most of my life. When I was younger, I was all legs. 5’8” wearing a size 00 in 7th grade. When you are tall you’re told 2 things, “I bet you play basketball!” Or “You should be a model!” Well, I played basketball, and REALLY wanted to be a model. But that dream would never happen. As I got older, the insecurities and self hate just got worse. Until recently, when I FINALLY learned how to love myself. The dream of becoming a model is still very much in my heart. That leads me to @aerie ———————————————————————————
A couple years back, I found out about their #aeriereal campaign and I was drawn to it. For the first time in my life, a company was supporting REAL women and celebrating their imperfect bodies and confidence. No retouching, no editing. Just beautiful, real women. I fell in love with the company and their voice they had created. Well, they are looking for new models/fans to join their campaign, so I entered! 😬 It’s terrifying and I found myself starting to doubt but I shoved that noise aside and went decided to go for it. I can’t even begin to tell you what I would do if I got picked to be apart of the new campaign. It would be a dream come true. Beyond a dream come true!
So cheers to being real, raw, imperfect and confident! I pray my daughter skips all the bullshit I went through, and learns from me NOW and not my past. You’re beautiful inside and out. Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise! 😘
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