This is the final set from my shoot with Dan Smith from Duke University in Durham, NC. If you missed my previous two posts, I decided to participate in this project as a way to, firstly, spread the concept of fat acceptance and body acceptance and, secondly, to further myself in my own fat acceptance journey. Some days are harder than others and, let me tell you, seeing yourself, completely and unforgivably naked on camera.. that can be a bad day.. for me anyway. Seeing the photos when Dan first sent them to me was difficult.. I kept shutting the window and re opening it. I just couldn't look at myself. I felt immense shame and embarrassment. I had to leave for a few hours and come back to them to finally be okay with them and enjoy them. I hope you enjoy them as well.
I did want to mention a bit that when Dan was doing the bodyscaping (third photo down) he told me that the photo would get my stretch marks and asked if that was okay. What I find interesting is that there are indeed a lot of women- even some who are into fat acceptance- who are not okay with typical side effects of fat- such as cellulite (which even thin people get by the way) and stretch marks. I find it most interesting from women who only have stretch marks due to childbirth. To me it seems like that would be a badge of honor! But even if it's simply from growing too fast (whichever way), I don't think they're something to be ashamed of. All of the ideas that go into fat acceptance apply to those things too.
Anyway- and now onto the photos: