We’ve all heard the celebrity stories: baring it all to get careers off the ground. But with the advent of social media, is being near nude now the norm? Scroll through your feed and within a matter of milliseconds, you’ll see everything from perky pecs to bountiful booties, leaving very little to the imagination. But what is the point of these photos? A showing of self-love, a sales pitch, or a subliminal signal for help?
I’m not sure if we’ll ever know the truth, but here’s my truth: when I did it, it sure as all heck wasn’t for self-love.
Let me explain.
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Since I was born, I loved food. I was in the kitchen by the time I was three. (Okay, it was a fake kitchen but real to me).
When I was only eight years old, our family moved to Southern France, where this love turned into a passion. During that time, my parents announced their divorce, which started my loss of identity. As a young teen, I began a cycle of extreme dieting. At the time, being anorexic was ‘cool’, so much so that the goal was to eat so little that you fainted.
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“Kids have it so easy these days” – have you ever said that? I have #guilty. But what does that remind you of? Our parents, right? ▫️ Fact is, just because they don’t have bills to pay, or the stresses of adults, kids go through traumatic times as well. ▫️ From an adult POV, most of their concerns are not typically life threatening – but they sure do feel that way at the time, right? ▫️ ????Not getting invited to a party; ????Getting picked last for a basketball team ???? Being the first to get boobs, acne or facial hair ???? Getting dumped in front of the entire school ▫️ That’s me in the photo; I was around 12-13y. I hated everything about myself, I was never good enough, smart enough, skinny enough or pretty enough. And the irony is, I had a relatively great childhood – parents that loved me, a good education, food on the table. Yet I still fell through the cracks… it can happen to anyone. ▫️ Many of us have tried to forget those younger years, as they are often filled with self-doubt, shame and regret. But now and again, it’s important to revisit the past so we can help the next generation through those tough years too. ▫️ So thank you, @telethon_kids for helping me remind both myself, and now others about what it was like when we were young and going through tough times. ▫️ If you’d like to donate, head to supportEmbrace.org.au or simply post a picture of when you were young with the hashtag #supportembrace