Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Am #NotYourBeforePhoto

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It's been a few months since I've actively blogged, and frankly during the last week I've been hesitant. One of my blogging idols, the amazingly beautiful Rachele had an empowering bikini photo of hers stolen and used to advertise for a weight loss company. As a self proclaimed body acceptance blogger I was mortified. It's not only illegal, but insulting and degrading. But frankly, it caused me to panic. I look up to bloggers like Rachele who put themselves out there so powerfully - and if this could happen to her, then could it happen to me? I didn't know if I could stand the heat of such an intense trial, and I wondered if I should stop blogging altogether.

But then I watched with amazement as the body acceptance community rallied around Rachele with fever, and I thought, if something like that ever happens to me, I am not alone. I have accidentally fallen into the most amazing community of strength and passion that I've ever known. People who have helped pulled my self esteem out of a wreckage and put me back on my feet with a foundation to stand on.

So I'm here, fat and blogging, and I am joining in with Rachele in the #NotYourBeforePhoto campaign - because I am perfect in my body, and I do not give anyone permission to use my photos, my body, or my life as their THINspiration!





Join in on the greatest community ever! 
Jump on the #NotYourBeforePhoto Campaign!



7 comments:

Rachele said...

So beautiful! Thanks for the lightening fast response and support <3

Untypically Jia said...

You kidding? I'm honored! Thank you for lighting the way for those of us who are occasionally scared to embrace the vulnerable and unknown.

The Lovely One said...

I think it's awesome that you're showing your support! And I like your perfectly imperfect t-shirt-- I would rock that shirt!

Sarah said...

SO FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! You're beautiful and so is Rachele. Those people are so low... Love this initiative!

Karen Peterson said...

I think this is a great idea and I just know it's going to take off like crazy. You are gorgeous, btw!

Jen St Germain Leeman said...

Jia, you and Rachele are both beautiful! When I read her story I was mortified, but I love her spirit. Thank you for sharing her story with your readers. I love your blog and I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. See it here http://driftwood-gardens.com/liebster-award/
Jen

Angel The Alien said...

That's so rude of a company to steal someone's photo for a "before" photo. Plus it is total false advertising, because obviously the "before" and "after" pictures won't be of the same person! :(

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