I’m away, as you can tell from all the spectacular guest posts that have been going up this week. But I’m thrilled about this topic. I think it is such an important subject for everyone to consider and especially the fashion bloggers among us. Who hasn’t been impacted by the negative body image messages that are all around us? Who hasn’t wanted to be skinnier, more fit, taller, shorter, smaller footed, whatever…
1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed? Hmm… I would have to say Yes! Although I think the process of coming to love myself as I am started about a year before I started blogging. I was living in New York and overweight and decided I wanted to be happier with the way I felt and I wanted to do something with my health in mind. So I started walking everywhere and trying to jog. It was enough to begin loosing a couple pounds and begin to feel better and more confident with myself. From that point there was no turning back. I started blogging and haven’t felt the same disappointment with myself and my body as I did four years ago.
2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway? Um… I don’t think so. I photograph myself every day and those photos are out there for the world to see. Nothing really gets hidden. I’m not pointing out all my flaws but I don’t brush over them either.
3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image? I think and hope, that with the huge popularity of blogs and more average people sharing, voicing and offering their opinions that body image will begin to shift to allow all of us to feel comfortable in our own skin. We don’t have to be model skinny or have the face for a magazine cover to be beautiful. Beauty is more than outer appearances. It is the things we value, the life we live and the way we interact with others. So hopefully the future embraces women and men that are authentic representatives of the human race.
4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you’re having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision? It’s no secret that I photograph myself for this blog. To be honest it is more about showcasing a new way to wear a clothing item than a personal photo shoot. I don’t do it to show off my great physic (LOL) I do it to hep others who are trying to figure out what to wear and how to coordinate items.
5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart? Take a step back and think of the things that you are amazing at. Love those things, love yourself for the talents you have. By appreciating those things and focusing on the positive, you will be able to look beyond your perceived imperfections and love the person in the mirror. We all have such value and dignity, it pains me when people look in the mirror and complain about what they see. You are so much more than the reflection in the mirror.
Sidenote… My stylist, Anthony, is giving any one who mentions me, Katy Rose, a 15% discount till March 31st! New Englanders – you have no excuse not to go and experience the wonder that is Anthony David Salon in Burlington, MA.