This week I discovered, by chance, the “Embrace” on Netflix, performed and written by Taryn Brumfitt, an Australian, a mother of three children and founder of Body Image Movement (BIM).
This documentary covers various topics related to body image, how to deal with the weight of the sagging, cellulite, pregnancy and postpartum, the age, wrinkles, gray hair, cultural diversity, living with a physical disability or recovering from an illness, such as cancer of the breast. But also how the fashion industry and advertising have been changing the perception that women have the ideal standard of beauty.
The movement of body image
Had knowledge of BIM for about two years. The first impression was that Taryn was a lady a little eccentric, with a little hippie, who improvised dance videos, took pictures to heels dressed in the colors of the rainbow, participated in less conventional events, like the “Sydney Skinny” – the biggest event of naked in the ocean, divers and writing articles such as “Oops I pooped my pants!” , that’s right … “Oops, I pooped in my pants”.
And I remember thinking, um … it seems to me that this lady what you really want is to draw attention to themselves. But I was wrong, because in reality we think to take someone seriously, this has an attitude and serious appearance (synonym of formal and conservative), or even have a doctorate in psychology or another area.
That is, a photographer with three children is not, at the outset, a leader in the field, right? But it is exactly the best person to give your testimony and get people to identify themselves and to feel that they’re not alone. Millions of women around the world have the same fears, issues and concerns. And there is nothing more genuine than a movement that comes from sharing experiences of other people, whether they are men or women.
How It All Began
This Australian shared on Facebook two pictures of your body, before and after. In the first image showing the your body slim and athletic, while the second featured a naked and cheerful image, assuming your current form. Contrary to what was happening at the time, the photo of the before was always an image of a person with more weight and look depressed and on Monday appeared thin and happy, Taryn showed proudly the body of your mother and the effect was overwhelming.
In a few hours, Taryn received thousands of comments and emails from people who had decided to share your experience. And appeared in newspapers and television programs, in different points of the planet like Paris, London, Lebanon, Korea, USA, Canada, among others, having surpassed the 100 million views.
And the messages received, Taryn found that many women felt ashamed of your body and needed help.
“70% of women are unsatisfied with your body”
Women who had left to eat to be skinny in order to feel socially accepted or loved by his teammates. Women who wouldn’t go to the beach because they were ashamed to wear a bathing suit. Women who refuse to be intimate with your partner for your body they find repugnant. Women who believed that to be healthy and happy had to be skinny. Women who spent fortunes on plastic surgeries and aesthetic treatments to get what they considered to be “the ideal of beauty” in the eyes of others.
Embrace: the documentary
Over almost 1 hour and a half, we follow a part of the life of Taryn and their personal challenges. A woman who after having your first child was confronted with a “new body”, which does not recognize and have difficulty accepting. And that, after becoming a mother for the third time, decides to get plastic surgery, because I thought be the most obvious solution and fast. But one day while looking for your youngest daughter thinks: “what kind of message will pass on to my daughter?”, if “I want her to accept and love your body, as he is”.
Later, when training and participating in a Bodybuilding contest, Taryn faces the reality that women, who have the so-called “perfect body for a bikini”, dissatisfied with the your image. That is, it’s never enough. Never feel skinny enough, pretty enough or sexy enough. In summary, most seeking an ideal of perfection that doesn’t exist.
“45% of women in the healthy weight range think they have too much weight”
“It turns out that even the girl in the cover doesn’t have the aspect that appears in the magazine”, thanks to image editing in Photoshop, and therefore “no wonder so many women feel dissatisfied with your body, they tend to make comparisons, consciously or unconsciously.” says Mia Freedman former of Cosmopolitan in Australia.
On a fun, informal and spontaneous, Taryn passes a positive message about body image, through a series of encounters with other women, from various countries, who share your experience and vision.