This Picture

Nude female portrait painted in watercolor

"I didn’t want to take this picture. I was tired, stressed, and scared. But I knew I needed to so I did.

When my boyfriend showed me the picture I immediately went into critic mode. My stomach looked gross; my breasts are too uneven; my hips looked weird. I wanted to try again. But I remembered that was the point and I realized I loved the picture.

I said to my boyfriend “I love how it’s not sexual at all” and he said “yeah it’s just a body” and I suddenly felt at ease. I wasn’t being objectified. I was simply being seen, and I felt free."

ESPAÑOL:

"No quería tomar esta foto. Estaba cansada, estresada, asustada. Pero sabía que lo necesitaba, así que lo hice.

Cuando mi novio me mostró la foto, de inmediato entre en modo crítica. Mi estómago se veía desagradable, mi pechos son desiguales; mis caderas se veían extrañas. Lo quería intentar de nuevo. Pero recordé cual es el punto y me di cuenta que amaba la foto.

Le dije a mi novio “amo como no es para nada sexualizada” y él dijo “claro, es solo un cuerpo” y de repente me sentí tranquila. Yo no estaba siendo objetivada. Simplemente estaba siendo vista, y me sentí libre."

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