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A (Video) That Proves There’s More Than One Ideal Body Type

What if this weight is perfect for me at age 49? What if I didn’t spend the day feeling like my body wasn’t behaving as perfectly as I’d like it to be? What if, just for today, I lay down my defenses and decide my body isn’t an ongoing project, rather a magical, irreplaceable conduit for seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling my own experience in the corporeal world. If I allowed that, maybe I would feel how much I love my body, how much I appreciate what it’s doing and has done for me my whole life.

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Three Bodies: Identical Twins Heal Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes

“Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan. But not because I don’t want to grow up. I’m like Peter Pan in that I’m chasing my shadow, only my shadow is my body.” – Lisanne Sartor When I was 46-years old I had flattering nudes taken of myself to combat negative feelings I had about my rounder, aging body. It was so liberating that I wanted to do the same thing for other women … keep reading!

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Women Look in an Interactive Mirror and get a Massive Surprise! (Video)

When these women look into an interactive mirror, they are not expecting what is about to happen. I am weeping as I type this. Send the following video to all of the loving, beautiful women you know today. xoxoxo S Keep reading …

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I’ve Managed to get Nude Again on HuffPo Live!

This story is close to my heart because of the intimate, stunning work photographer Beth Sanders and body-coach Marlene Zaleznick did with our subject, a woman we call Claire, who wanted to lay her body image issues to rest after she’d laid her father to rest this year.

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One Advertiser Takes a Stunningly Bold Step!

In a recent Today Style article Marisa Kabas writes: Last month, (e-retailer) ModCloth was the first company to sign onto the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” an outgrowth of the Truth in Advertising bill, which was introduced to Congress back

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I Touch Myself

Something interesting happened this morning. I jumped out of the shower to quickly dry off after my morning run (okay jog, okay speed walk, okay parade where naked guardsmen bore me forth, around our neighborhood park, on a satiny be-pillowed

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This Video is a Wake-up Call aka Screw You Body Image Issues

This TedX talk from make-up artist/performer Eva DeVirgilis once again reminded me of how we’re all in this body love crusade together. It’ll make you want to kick that little negative bitch voice in your head to the curb along

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When the Skinny Girl Thinks she’s Fat we Need to Vanquish Body Image Issues

I love this post!! Please welcome The Girl on a Wire, Karen Chilton Wilder to TWFKAB by sharing her excellent adventure trying on swimsuits under florescent lights. We’ve all been there. Karen writes: “It was like one of those nightmares

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One Woman’s Love Letter to her Body in the War Against Body Image Issues

My guest posting badass for the day is Ms. Lori “Lavender” Holden (why didn’t someone name me Chartreuse?). I want to steal her love letter to her body for my body to add to my arsenal in fighting body image

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Love Your Body Now: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes: (Stephanie)

When I met Stephanie, a self-described Empath and Healer, in Boulder, Colorado to interview her for our Love Your Body Now Project: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes, I was expecting a fruit loop. I had prejudices against

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Are You Afraid Your Body Isn’t Beautiful After an Accident or Surgery? and The Scar Project

Today I received a comment that made my heart ache. Melanie read Ruby’s story in our Love Your Body Now series and wrote this: Ruby is everything that I’m not, brave. 3 years ago this July I was walking with

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I Don’t Want to Make the Thin Girl Ugly

My petition to the Yves Saint Laurent CEO, asking her to stop using images of painfully thin models (originally “anorexic models”) at Change.org has created quite a controversy. My friend Jenni Chiu wrote a thought-provoking rebuttal to my story in

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Claire)

(To Learn How The #LoveYourBodyNow Project Came To Be, Start HERE.) When I asked Claire, a Denver-based sales rep, why she wanted to participate in our #LoveYourBodyNow Project she said, “I don’t put anything in my body that I haven’t

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What’s Girlfriend Poker?

Ladies, have you ever bonded with fellow ladies by describing all of the things you don’t like about your body and one-upping each other? Here’s a potential conversation between my middle-aged friend Emily and me: Me: The neck is going.

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Was I Wrong to Conjecture the YSL Model was Anorexic? And A Gorgeous Chubby Girl Dancing

Hello mon petits. There’s a lovely woman named Jenni Chiu who blogs at Mommy Nani Boo Boo. Today I received a note from her on Facebook letting me know she was going to write a rebuttal to my Change.org petition (we

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A New Study on how to Heal Body Image Issues and the Kissing Video

Okay just stop. Have you stopped? Good. Now, how does your body feel? Mine feels pleasantly tired after working out hard in Pop Physique. My hands are a little sticky and sweaty on the keyboard. My tummy is full to the

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Ruby)

(I’ve begun the “Love Your Body Now” project with photographer, Beth Sanders, and we’ve added a third partner, body-centered coach, Marlene Zaleznick, to help heal body image issues through the use of fine art nudes. To read more about it click HERE.)

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Beth)

Hello Beauties — I’m very excited to announce that photographer Beth Sanders, body coach Marlene Zaleznick and I are combining our super powers to create a positive body image project called, “Love Your Body Now.” The germination of this idea began two

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My 5 New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but it appears that in less than a month we’ll be entering the year 2014 in which I will relentlessly chase down the age of … 49. WHAT? 49. Forty-nine. Forty plus nine minus

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Shannon)

As many of you know I’ve been seen at age 26, then at age 46 naked round the world the last several weeks. Starting with my first naked post Am I Really Fat? which was also published in The Huffington Post.

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The Photo That’s NOT on the Huffington Post aka Healing Body Image Issues

“The Photo That’s NOT on the Huffington Post aka Healing Body Image Issues.” Okay. I posted one of my 46-year old nudes on Huffington Post HERE. I’m up to over 5oo comments on Huffington Post which means a lot of people

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Walk the Walk, Naked Lady!

This story was featured on THE TODAY SHOW. I posted nudes I took 20 years ago HERE for an article called “Am I Really Fat?” It drew such an ego-assuaging amount of attention and even was published on the Huffington Post

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