Very rarely do I get angry at mainstream media. They’re trying to make money, and while I don’t always agree with their tactics, I get it, and I just don’t have the energy to rage against the machine at every turn. Today that changed. After reading a very powerful post about an experience Brooke Birmingham (a GGS Ambassador) had with SHAPE Magazine Online, I was infuriated.
You see, Brooke lost an incredible 172 pounds the right way, through healthy nutrition and exercise. SHAPE wanted to feature her in their Success Stories column, but after she sent in the picture below to feature on their site, they requested a different picture – one where she was wearing a shirt. Brooke, understandably, was upset by the request, and asked why. After a little back-and-forth, Brooke let SHAPE know she no longer wanted to be featured if they wouldn’t post the picture of her in a bikini. All I can say is, “Way to go, Brooke!”
But, when I get angry about something, I’m like a dog with a bone. I need to do something to feel like I’m helping out. So in whatever small way I can, I want to encourage all women to feel comfortable in their own skin. And that starts with me. Girls Gone Sporty isn’t about Laura Williams, it’s about the GGS Community, but I have to put my money where my mouth is. I have to say, “charity starts at home,” so if I want other people to start taking charge of their health and embracing the journey of fitness in all its shapes and forms, then I have to do it for me, too.
The truth is, I’m incredibly self-conscious about my body, much like many women. And that’s not fair to me, and that’s not fair to other women. My body has carried me through races, it has sustained me through hardships, it has given me the chance to go to awesome places and try awesome things, and it. is. beautiful. It deserves respect – my respect. And your body deserves your respect, too! (And the respect of everyone else, but like I said, charity starts at home.)
So, to throw off the shackles of my own repression, here are my bikini body pictures in all their makeup-free, long-limbed, Kardashian-booty beauty. I’m not going to say a word about where I am in my healthy journey, because that part doesn’t matter. What matters is I’m exercising, eating healthfully, and treating my body with the respect it deserves, just like the amazing Brooke Birmingham!
Join the link up!
If you feel comfortable, I’d like to encourage you to take your own pictures, write your own posts, and link up to this post below. Let’s stand in solidarity in all our bikini body glory, as a team of powerful women who are treating their bodies well – SHAPE Magazine be damned!