My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover
‘You are fat and you are ugly and you are disgusting!’ That’s what the beautiful Taryn Brumfitt told herself each time she looked in the mirror. ‘I loathed my body. I hated my body!’ She asked a hundred women to describe their body with one word. Not one had a good word to say.
After having her first child Taryn began to hate her body and the changes that had come with childbirth. Her negative body image began to consume her. After her third child - a daughter, she decided to get the ‘perfect body’ so she entered herself in a Body Building competition and got what she wanted. But that didn’t change the way she felt about herself. She prepared to undergo plastic surgery. But something stopped her. If she went through with it, what message was she sending to her daughter about her body? This was her ‘epiphany’. She left her successful photography business to begin what would become a global movement.
This is the story that Taryn brings to the world with passion. She speaks about how she learnt to love her body just the way it was. This gave birth to the world-wide Body Image Movement which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and raised 300,000 dollars for a documentary which is currently underway called Embrace. She also has an online program, Unstoppable, and gives her powerful Developing Daughters and Supporting Sons seminars amongst other programs.
Taryn has appeared on many major television programs and newspapers here in Australia and overseas. She tells her story honestly, withholding nothing, unafraid to show what she was, how she felt, and how she became the person she is today. Now a motivational speaker, she travels extensively, encouraging women to ‘be the change (they) want to be in the world.’
This inspiring story is about a movement for global change. Embrace advocates body diversity and encourages the fight against the pressure exerted on women to become thin, model-like and ageless, through brainwashing advertising, magazines features, and the billion dollar industries that promote diets and anti-ageing creams.
Embrace is about women releasing their negative body images and accepting how they are now; choosing internal beauty and good health against external appearance which will ever live up to expectations.
Reviewed by Aurora Bale
Title: Embrace: My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover
Author: Taryn Brumfitt
Publisher: New Holland Publishers
Publication Date: February 2015 $26.99 RRP