Krista: Fighting Body-Shaming With Beautiful Images/Words We All Need To See/Hear
When Krista told me she was body-shamed by someone online I was floored. Not only is Krista a talented healer and RMT who teaches yoga, finds happiness in running, and generally leads a beautiful life full of inspiration and openness, but I have always admired her body (We also happen to share a love of chihuahuas!). She's strong, she has a beautiful yoga practice, and has some pretty sick tats. How could anyone call her fat? She asked me if we could do a shoot to address her feelings towards what happened and of course I was eager to help. Earlier this week she posted one of those photos and told the world this important story:
"A few weeks ago I experienced something that really shook me up, and got me thinking. I was fat shamed by someone I have never met over the internet. They felt compelled to take screen shots of an image of me pointing out my shortcomings and because "I was fat " and "they were thin" they had more to offer the world. It totally rocked me. I have been fortunate enough to live in a community of supportive, loving and beautiful souls who would never think to bring someone else down in order to pick themselves up so I felt a particular sting from the words. In that initial reaction I felt dirty in my body, I wanted to hide under a blanket , and felt extremely ashamed of my curves. The thing is we never know a person's story and part of mine was spending 12 years of my life battling with anorexia and bulimia. And even after 8 years of healing those wounds those words that took probably one minute or less to write brought me spinning back to those old emotions. It is up to us to change the world, to be better. Our words can create love or hate, medicine or poison, creation or destruction. My story with the struggling in knowing, loving, and accepting my body is not uncommon. It's an epidemic for how many beautiful souls live in hell because of negative self image and bullying. This post is for you. For anyone who is struggling. You are not alone. You are worth it. You are worthy of love, respect, and just delighting in the uniqueness of your beauty. And by beauty I don't just mean your appearance. Let's move beyond the one dimensional culture we have become. You are beautiful because of the soul that shines out of your skin. You are radiant because of your dreams and intellect shining through your hair . You are magnetic because your compassion reverberates through your eyes. And if you can't believe that, or need to reach out, or need resources to get the help you need please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The world is in a crazy time right now. it's time to put an end to the madness, hate, bullying, and superficiality of things. My wish is for us all to one day look at ourselves with total love and hold space for others to do the same. Namaste ❤"