women's body confidence
In 2018, we plan to further our mission to get more girls active by working with 250 schools in England. We will deliver the Girls Active programme in 50 new secondary schools and reach a further 200 schools through our Girls Active in Transition programme, a collaboration between primary and secondary schools.
I really don't appreciate being told by magazines that my body is somehow not 'bikini ready' because I haven't subjected myself to laser treatments, juice diets and vibrating plates in the salon. That's just insulting! My body is bikini ready as soon as I buy a bikini, thank you very much.
I wanted to share with you some of the words of the young people who took part. They spoke about the pressures from society, school, celebrities, the media and their families. Alongside dealing with the challenges of just growing up, one area which was mentioned frequently was the sheer relentless of the body image pressures they faced:
So, I am not a super model, and I doubt there is going to be any model agencies calling me soon, but do you know what? I LOVE wearing my bikini, and I wear it with pride. I've never stopped wearing one since having the kids, even though at times I didn't always like how I looked.
Loving Yourself is not about having the perfect body, it's about being able to feel confident inside and out. It's about accepting where you are now and making peace with your body so that you can achieve the body, health and wellbeing that you want and deserve.
I’ve never been massively into exercise. I’m the kind of girl who would chop off her right arm to get out of PE and, besides
We've been subliminally taught to hate so many things about ourselves it's sickening. Unless we fit into a very narrow mould of what we're "supposed" to look like, we feel this unrelenting need to apologise for it. Why? What would happen if we gave it all a defiant middle finger and stopped buying into these constructed norms of what's beautiful?
When HuffPost US Women asked women to send pictures of themselves in bikinis to remind us what a real beach body looks like