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Why should "beautiful" be defined by numbers on a scale and a reflection in a mirror? When we think
of who society sees as beautiful, the first people that come to mind are
flawless models and perfect celebrities. With people like this setting
society's beauty ideals, we begin to forget what beauty actually looks like.
Body images and weight goals are circulated on social media
with the obligatory before-and-after images. Along with these pictures are
weight-loss programs, diet pills, eating itineraries, etc. We are all so
consumed in the body ideals that celebrities and the media have set forward for us that
we often to aspire to forget every woman's true beauty.
We all have that friend who posts before-and-after photos
of him/herself on social media to flaunt a drastic weight loss and body
aspiration. However it's rare that we see the opposite: one who takes pride in, and is comfortable in, their own skin, regardless of body size, type, weight,
Taryn Brumfitt, a mother of three in Australia, is the
greatest example of what it looks like to shut the doors on these beauty
ideals. A few years ago, she resented living in her own skin; she hated her body to the point where she wouldn't leave her house. In fear of her
daughter learning to one day hate her own body, as well, Taryn decided to sign
up for a body-building competition to change her body and her life.
changed, but it wasn't just her body. It was her mindset.
She did it. She became a body-builder, lost a ton of
weight and gained a ton of muscle. But, most importantly, she developed a new outlook on
After finally changing her body into the one she always
envisioned and dreamed of, she realized that super-skinny and super-toned is
not the only type of beautiful there is.
After her realization, she uploaded the most shocking before-and-after picture—one that definitely stands out from the others. On the left,
where the before picture is, was a picture of her at her skinniest, most
muscular state. On the right, where the after picture is, was a picture of her
feeling the most beautiful and healthy, after she added some pounds back on.
is someone who did, at one point, strive to fit into the beauty ideal of toned
and skinny. Then she realized she was happier when she completely embraced her own healthy and beautiful body! This amazing before-and-after picture
gained tons of media attention, and it encouraged Taryn to start a campaign in
redefining what it means to be beautiful.
Join Taryn in a fight to raise awareness for what beautiful
really means with her creation, the Body Image Movement . Through her personal
experiences and observations, Taryn's goals are to teach not only her daughter,
but all women, to embrace their bodies and create change.
Every body is beautiful. Join Taryn in inspiring all women to embrace their beautiful bodies and shut
down these mediated beauty ideals.