91% of women do not like their bodies. If you’re a woman and you’re reading this, you’re probably not shocked by that. You might even be one of them. I know I was.
It’s 2002 and I’m 15 years old. I’m outside laying face down on my family’s trampoline and I still remember so vividly the leaves falling around my face and body on that warm day. I remember it so well because I was utterly miserable. It was 3 in the afternoon, but I had a darkness within me that I could not outrun. I had been starving myself for years. Compulsively exercising for over two hours every day when my friends were hanging out after school. I almost failed math, but I could count calories in my sleep. I had been this way since I was 8 years old.
80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted and list their body as their #1 problem.
At the height of my eating and exercise disorder, I was thinner than I’d ever been, and I was more miserable, too. I felt like I was in this self-loathing tunnel that had no end. I felt like this cycle wasn’t ever going to stop so I just kept going deeper and deeper. Unfortunately, what was happening to me wasn’t rare.
90% of high school junior and senior girls are unhappy with their bodies and diet regularly.
And the hatred that I had for my body didn’t just affect my physical health. There were major social, life-altering consequences. If you need any more evidence of how body hate and low self esteem can slowly destroy a young girl’s life well into her adulthood, consider this:
Over 60% of girls avoid certain activities because they feel bad about their looks.
19% won’t try out for a team or club
23% won’t go to the beach or pool
15% won’t go to school
13% won’t give an opinion.
And when we allow that insecure, self-hating little girl to grow into a woman who is still afraid to give an opinion, be assertive and own her space, and we never teach her to love herself, we have failed. We allow her to be walked over, pass up amazing life experiences, and fall prey to abusive relationships because she never learned her value, or how to respect or love herself.
I know, because I was there. And I created BeUtiful so that no other woman would have to stay in that space of self-destruction. Beutiful is not just a magazine and a platform. We are a movement, a message, a catalyst for change.
We help women learn to love and be confident with their bodies so that they can conquer their dreams and stop holding themselves back.
You are not alone. There are many of us, and we have gone through this journey, too. And when you do learn to love yourself and appreciate the body YOU have, the talents YOU have, everything that makes you YOU, there won’t be anything left to stop you.
Go crush that dream job interview. Get that raise. Rock that bathing suit. Live that life. Raise your f*cking hand.
Imagine a life without second thoughts or self criticism. It’s your time, love. And we’re here to help you do the damn thing. Are you ready?
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