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Monday, 24 March 2014

How Body confident are you.

As you may have noticed (from all my social media spamming) I have been *doing some work with New Look and just this week I was filming a really cool video to promote their plus size range Inspire. I am really pleased that New Look have decided to put in some time for Inspire by working with plus size bloggers. It's great to see a brand really wanting to improve things for plus size women. One thing that I thought was pretty cool was that New Look took it upon themselves to do an independent survey on understanding body confidence and how women in the UK really feel about their bodies. I was asked to take a look at the Survey and here are some of the questions and results that stood out to me most:


   On a scale of 1-10 how confident do you feel in your body? With 1 being not confident at all and 10 being totally confident.


The national average for this disappointingly was 5. West Midlands had the highest average at 6



What situations make you feel the most unconfident about your body?

The national average for this was overwhelmingly ‘on the beach’ with a 57% response rate.
‘On a night out with girl mates’ was the third highest respondent rate for the nation at 23.5% 


Do you have an 'ideal body' that you would like to achieve?


The national average overwhelmingly said yes to this with 74% saying yes.


I have to say I wasn't really all that shocked at the findings, having been a person that spent a lot of my adult life hating my body and on diets I can fully relate to the findings above. It really did make me sad to think that a good percentage of women found it uncomfortable on a night out with friends. The fact that in this day and age women can't even feel comfortable enjoying a night out with their nearest and dearest is really saddening. I look back at the 'old me' and wish I hadn't wasted so many years feeling that way about myself. I wonder really who is to blame for this. The multi billion pound Diet Industry? Our obsession with Celebrities? Or the all important Media. I personally think they all play a part in keeping young girls right where they want them, as low in self esteem as possible.

I thought I would share with you a photo of myself from my Volup 2 magazine shoot where for the first time I had my photos taking in Lingerie. I wanted to share it because I never dreamed that I would ever be able to feel sexy whilst being plus size. I am so happy to have found some kind of solace and happiness within myself. I want to show girls that it is okay to be exactly who you are, it's okay to want to lose weight or not lose weight, it's okay to not wear makeup and it's okay to wear lots of it. We are all fighting the same struggles so I hope that as women we can unite so that next time a survey like this is created the findings will be very different. So tell me what are your thoughts on the Survey can you relate?

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12 comments:

  1. Lovely Post. It really is saddening that women can't be comfortable in their own skin. I think we all have a vision of where we would like to be looks wise, but I think its society that makes us feel like we HAVE to be that version of ourselves. Embrace all of who you are with both hands I say. xx

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  2. Preach! Also, you look stunning.

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  3. I really, really love this photo of you, you look incredible <3
    It makes me so sad to hear how much women dislike themselves. Life is so short and we only get one body yet we've all wasted so much time and energy at some point by hating it. The hate stops us doing so many things or at least stops us from enjoying it and that's heartbreaking. I wish people could realise how magical they really are. xx

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  4. This photo is gorgeous, Can definitely relate to this survey not body confident at all, but i'm slowly getting there!

    xo

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  5. Becky Louise Davis25 March 2014 at 07:06

    You look absolutely fantastic Callie. Can definitely relate to the blog, but like most girls I have my good days and bad days. I'm not entirely body confident but slowly learning to like myself. It's plus size girls like you who remind me constantly to love myself through your incredible body positivity and strength. X

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  6. This is so true, there are more important things, years ago I thought the only important thing was to lose weight, but like you I feel in a happier place, if I choose to lose weight now I think it would be from a far better place that the self destructive place I was in before! x

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  7. Thank you Becky! So lovely of you to say that, I think we can all relate to this to an extent. Whether it's how we feel now or how we used to feel I think we have all felt that shitty pain! x

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  8. I am so glad to hear that you are on the journey to body confidence, it definitely doesn't come quickly but it's worth it in the end! xx

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  9. Aww this is lovely poppet! I wish that people could see it too! xx

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  10. Absolutely I think that it is okay to want to change your our bodies it's all about how we feel it's just sad that society makes us feel miserable when we don't reach their standards! x

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  11. Beautiful photo! I think it's so important for people to be happy with themselves and I think it's a hard place to get to. Good for you for being confident and reinforcing the idea that beauty isn't defined as one thing.

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