The picture above has been making its way around the Internet and has gained tremendous popularity on Facebook, receiving thousands of likes. This self-portrait belongs to a girl named Stella who started a blog promoting size-acceptance called The Body Love Blog.
Her blog focuses on her personal journey struggling with body acceptance and finally coming to terms with her body, health, and loving herself. Now, she is set on a mission to tell girls of all shapes and sizes that there is “nothing wrong with your body.” The essence of Stella’s blog is to kill the constant myth that a “perfect” body exists and to promote the idea that “there is no such thing as a good or bad body” and that our bodies do not dictate our worth.
The Body Love Blog gained a lot of press when Stella bumped into Brandon, the creator of Humans of New York, a blog dedicated to creating a photographic census of New Yorkers. Brandon snapped Stella’s picture and then asked her, “What’s your story?” And before she knew it, she was telling him about her project and her picture—the half-naked one, not the one that Brandon took which appeared on the blog. Though Stella was overwhelmed at her picture floating around the Internet, she came to realize that it was exactly what her blog needed to promote her message.
Here is the message that goes along with her self-portrait:
WARNING: Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. Well I’m not going to stand for that. This is my body. Not yours. MINE. Meaning the choices I make about it, are none of your fucking business. Meaning my size, IS NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS.
Read the entire blog entry here.
Stella is a brave inspiration to us all. She actively works on her physical and mental health regarding her body type and does not let it prevent or determine what she does in life. Perhaps Stella’s next step should be along the lines of Project Unbreakable and allow for an interactive approach in which girls and women can send in their own pictures. This would allow for readers and fans to truly become involved and share their stories as well.
What are your thoughts?
What do you think about Stella’s picture and project? Would you share a picture of yourself half-naked to promote body and size acceptance?