I’ve decided to write this out to provide more clarity for those of you who are curious, and also to just keep me in check with my intentions so I don’t go astray.
Body Acceptance and Confidence
When I looked at models, I saw not only beauty and fashion, but individuals who appeared confident in their own skin.
As I got involved in the eating disorder recovery and body positive communities over the past couple of years, a common message I heard was “the only way to truly accept your outer appearance was to do the internal work and change your mindset”.
While I agreed with the importance of internal work, I couldn’t help but wonder if there were tangible things that could also be done to improve one’s self image.
I was aware that many view the fashion and modeling industry to be detrimental to one’s mental health and “triggering” for those who struggle with body image and eating disorders. However, I believed everything isn’t black or white and that there are elements that could foster body confidence and so I decided to look into ways that I could learn.
As I researched, I came across Bella Modeling School— a program with the mission to empower individuals of all shapes and sizes to be comfortable and confident in their own skin. Their instructors are experienced professionals currently in the industry, and their curriculum equips students to kickstart their own careers.
I saw this as an opportunity so I decided to enroll with these goals:
- To learn methods of body acceptance and confidence
- To gain fashion knowledge and styling tips to see if they could help with #1
- To obtain insight into the real world of modeling
I hoped that if I find these things, I could use these skills and knowledge to help others struggling with body image in the eating disorder recovery world too.
As someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, I had reached a point where I wanted to not only feed my body and keep it healthy and strong, but also embrace it and feel good about it too.
So enrolling was also an exciting opportunity for self growth as well, and I set some goals:
- To get more comfortable in my own skin
- To explore and find styles I like
- To fix my posture and stop hiding under baggy clothes that hide my shape
I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen after I finish, but I’ll keep updating so stay tuned!