Behind the scenes picture with my body as it is. A little bit about photography and body ideals.
I have worked with @sunnleif over some years now and can honestly say I love it! Sunleiff works with plussize models (like myself), without subsequently editing them skinny and removing every natural detail. I get that most photography is being edited, but here it is the necessary and not excessive editing. What does that has to do with body ideals? Many women are looking for the perfect body and when they show pictures, they often want everything to be made smaller, narrower, more "perfect". It is self-reinforcing self-hate in disguise. A woman looks at a highly edited picture and wants to see herself like this - She will only let you see her as "perfect", but she still knows it's a lie - Others look at her and do the same.
When you want to be a good example, it is important that you can also show the truth. A lot of credit to Sunleiff for letting me use this completely unedited behind the scenes picture! I have nothing against being "not perfect", but I still struggle against the unattainable body ideals I'm constantly being presented with. I'm often being called fat on social media. I'm not. That's what I'm figthing against - with many other women. And no, I do not support overweight but I do support a realistic body image.
Thank you for letting my body be what it is @sunnleif and for always taking beautiful pictures. Will give my biggest recommendations to you - great photographer and a good friend.