You might have heard the news that the Celebrate Yourself collection went live this month! The latest edit of new lingerie designs is made for embracing the most beautiful time of year, featuring dreamy bridal lingerie, fiercely feminine black lace lingerie and the sweetest pajama set!
I was lucky enough to shoot with Eden and Sam, two incredible ladies with incredible stories to tell. They are both passionate about advocating about body acceptance and inspired me so much during our shoot so I wanted to share a little of their story with you. To begin with I will be talking to the amazing Eden about her journey with body acceptance.
Learning to love yourself
Hello! My name is Eden (or @edenhoneyy) and I began modelling in 2019 after a really bad relationship ended. I was controlled in a lot of ways and one of them was how I chose to dress and what I posted, so part of my reclamation journey was all about gaining back what I had lost!
Let go of “beauty” standards
My journey with self acceptance has been tumultuous yet incredibly rewarding. As a millennial who was also overweight most of my life, fatphobia really impacted my self perception. I really grew to love my body after motherhood. I found a new appreciation for the first home for my son, and also worked hard to dismantle internalised beauty standards that prevented me from enjoying my own body. It was another reason for taking up modelling!
Empowering other women
Sam and I know each other because she is my son's bonus mum. Not only is she a wonderful mother to all the children including my son, but she is also one of my best friends. I am so grateful every day she is marrying my son's father as she really Was a missing piece in our family.
Tips for learning to accept your body
My top tips for learning to love and accept yourself are to find people who look like you that you can aspire to. Let go of strict beauty standards you have for yourself because you are not built to achieve them and they are always going to do damage.
Remind yourself that your body doesn’t exist just to be perceived as beautiful by others, it works hard for you every day to keep you alive and puts in more effort for you than any other person you know, so it deserves to feel loved because it loves you so much.
Your body is an amazing machine, not a talking point for others.