Puppy Fat

Nude female portrait painted in watercolor

"When I was younger I had a lot of puppy fat. I was healthy and active and danced ballet every week, but I was the chubby, tall girl surrounded by much slighter classmates who always got cast as fairies and princesses, whilst I was always a king or another sturdy, masculine character.

Although at 12 the puppy fat rapidly dropped off, the mean comments and worries about my body stayed with me long into my twenties.

Now at 26, I finally feel content in my body. I appreciate my long limbs, my broad shoulders, and the fact that this body is a healthy body, something I now realise I am incredibly lucky to have.

I wish I could tell 10 year old me how grateful she would one day be to have this body. It was a great body then, and it’s a great body now!"

ESPAÑOL:

"Durante mis primeros años fui bastante maciza. Yo era muy saludable y activa, y bailaba ballet cada semana – pero era la chica alta y gordita rodeada de compañeras mucho más delgadas a las cuales siempre invitaban ser hadas y princesas, mientras que yo siempre fui un rey u otro robusto personaje masculino.

A pesar que a los 12 mi gordura infantil rápidamente disminuyó, los comentarios crueles y preocupaciones acerca de mi cuerpo se quedaron conmigo durante entrados mis veintes.

Ahora a los 26, finalmente me siento cómoda en mi cuerpo. Aprecio mis extremidades largas, mis hombros anchos, y el hecho que mi cuerpo es un cuerpo sano, algo que ahora me doy cuenta que soy extremadamente suertuda de tener.

Ojala pudiera decirle a la niña de 10 años cuan agradecida estará un día de tener el cuerpo que tiene. Era un hermoso cuerpo en ese entonces, tanto como lo es ahora."

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