Mothers who are critical of their bodies breed daughters and sons who are critical of their bodies.
Mothers who love and respect their bodies breed daughters and sons who love and respect their bodies.
How you choose to talk about your body and how you treat your body--will affect so many more people than just you.
A main mission for Milk & Hannah Photo is to encourage radical self-love.
It is the reason that photographs include nipples and butt cracks. The reason that stretch-marks aren't photo-shopped away. I won't remove wrinkles, or fine lines...whatever the fuck those are. I don't ask you to smile, and I won't ever "take off ten pounds". I don't choose the best angle for your chin at your birth, I choose the angle that shows you while you work your ass off to bring a baby into this space.
The way your stomach skin curls or doesn't curl. The slight dark circles under your eyes. . The stretch-marks on your thighs. The +20 pounds or the -20 pounds. The defined calves or abdominals. The slick or frazzled hair. The frown, or the laugh, or the hiccup, or the yawn. Your breasts and where they lay across your chest, a little lower than before or just as high as they were. Those things need to stay in photos.
Because they're YOU. Right now.
and they're beautiful.
And talking about WHAT OUR BODIES ARE isn't a BAD THING. We're allowed to talk about our bodies RIGHT. WHERE. THEY. ARE. and EMBRACE that without GUILT or SHAME. We're allowed to talk about stretch-marks and sagging breasts and vagina lips and blood and mucus and extra skin. We're allowed to talk about growths and bumps and bruises and leaks. And we're allowed to say those things and not feel a tinge of "I'M LESS THAN."
We are what we are.
Inside and out.
And loving yourself, right where you are... it can change the entire world. It can breed a new world of people who love themselves and encourage other people to love themselves.
And that is power.
That is worth working towards.
From a by-product of a line of women who were too critical... I implore you to change the world... and to love you.