Body Image

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This post is inspired by a photo shoot that Keira Knightley recently did. I have always loved Keira, not just because of her acting ability, but also because of her personality and what she represents. She has always shown that she is proud of her body and she never pretends to be something she's not. She did a shoot for Interview magazine and she agreed to pose topless, as long as they didn't Photoshop or edit her in any way. I thought this was very brave of her and it sends a great message that you shouldn't be ashamed of how you look. She gets a lot of negative comments because she is naturally slim and small chested so for her, a Hollywood celebrity, to show the whole world what she really looks like is so admirable.

I never struggled with body image until I was about 15, that's when I started noticing how different all of my friends looked and how we all had different body types. I've always been jealous of curvy girls because I feel like having 'big boobs and a big bum' is what's emphasized in the world. I remember hearing typical teenage boy comments like "she's so flat chested, she looks like an ironing board" or "she's too skinny and boney" when I was at school and although, luckily, they were never aimed at me, I still took on board what they were saying because I could relate to it. I've always been the small one in my class/friend group and I thought I'd grow out of it once I got older. There were times when I would change my outfit 5 or 6 times before I left the house because I wasn't comfortable with how I looked in my clothes. I was scared that people would point out how skinny my legs looked or how I didn't fill out my top properly. I remember there being times when I cried because I was so upset that all of my friends were buying bras and I didn't really need one or we'd try on the same dress but it would suit them better because of their shape. Basically I wanted to change everything about myself and I had zero confidence.

Fast forward to today and I think I've finally learnt to accept the way that I am. I'm 19 and I'm still naturally slim, petite and not curvy. I have moments when I still wish that I had a bit more 'meat' on me or that I had bigger boobs but most of the time, I like how I am. It's taken me a long time to realize that it's ok to be different and as long as you're healthy and happy it doesn't matter if you're a size 6 or a size 26. Of course there are still occasions when people will comment on my weight or body shape but I don't take them to heart anymore because I shouldn't care what they think. It's never acceptable to make a comment about somebody's image, you don't know how that person feels about themselves or what they've been through and even if you don't intend for it to be hurtful, it can be perceived differently by them.

I just wanted to share my experience and views on body image and issues because I found it helpful to hear from other people in the same situation as me. I hope that it helps people who are also struggling with their body image or enlightens people who don't understand that their comments could be harmful.

If we live our lives constantly comparing ourselves to others, we'll never be happy. You have to be proud of your differences and learn to love them. The world would be such a boring place if we were all the same.

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