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Thank you, Koren Albright. We really do need this. Your project has sparked some lively boob discussions in my circle of friends and it's good to know that we're all 'normal' and lovely, just how we are. One night 5 of us were sitting around and we got to talking about the project, and then talking about what each of us felt were 'freakish' about our own boobs. And it turned out, what each of thought was freakish about ourselves, the rest of us confirmed was normal. We may or may not have all gotten our boobs out to confirm.
"If you got it flaunt it. If it's not there who cares?" This was my mantra from the time my breasts developed until my early twenties. It was how I gave myself permission to wear tight tank tops rather than a bra under my shirt or to go totally braless. The problem with this belief was the fact that it was still self deprecating.
You see I definitely considered myself in the "it's not there so who cares" category. I always believed that guys were interested in my friends with bigger boobs and to me that seemed like everyone else around me. My boobs were small and insignificant so who would care if you could see my nipples under my shirt or caught a little too much cleavage when I bent over? Yes, I was being more free with myself and my body but it was coming from a negative dialogue in my head. It wasn't until I met my husband who had, an still has, a great enthusiasm for my breasts that I began to change that dialogue. I remember buying a tank top that clearly wasn't meant to have a bra worn with it and I loved it but I would ask him "is this too 'booby'?" he always reassured me that is was "perfect". The more he reassured me the more I believed it.
I am giving
age 27, graphic designer
For me I am giving is multifaceted. It is giving of your time , your possessions and yourself. I have a favorite quote...
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
“There are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.”
Kahlil Gibran ~ from the book The Prophet
I am one of those that gives with joy and that joy is my reward.
Growing up in my family really showed me what being giving meant. My mother and my grandmother, who must have gotten it from my great-great grandmother, have always been the care takers and the providers. They have always shown me what it means to be there for those you love. To notice when you need to be there and why that’s important.
We all need someone at some point. There is nothing like doing something and putting as smile on someone's face. Whether they are having the best day of their life or the worst, to put a smile on a the face of a friend of family member is priceless.
This is definitely a worth while project to be involved in, because we are all different. It’s a way to take a stand and prove to.. if anyone yourself, that you are OK with who you are. And getting naked is definitely a powerful statement. It’s who you really are, the naked you.
Women are constantly bombarded with unrealistic images from advertising every day, from all directions. We need to be reminded that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and colors.
One of the things that I have always been self-conscious about is my height. I will never be six foot tall and I have come to the conclusion that I need to accept it and be happy with it... and I am. I am also very pale. I will burn, peel and repeat for the rest of my life and I’m OK with that too. I always tell my mom that she is beautiful and she helped make me, so, gosh-darn it! I am beautiful!
So, I think showing that you can be happy with who you are is important.
It was a little weird at first but Koren is awesome, she made me feel at ease. It was definitely a good experience. It was a lot of fun. I really didn’t know what to expect, but it was a lot of fun.
You have to let go, it’s a nice way to embrace you.. everything that you are. It’s taking the good with the bad and realizing we all have qualities that we may not like but we all have lots of really good qualities too. There is no use in focusing on anything negative. You are who you are, have fun and smile!
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