I buried the picture deep in my archives to be forgotten

monique aislabie

Yesterday I came across this old photograph where I was posing for an artist that wanted to paint a portrait of me. When she first showed me this picture I was horrified at how fat and floppy my belly looked. Back then I would never have dreamed of sharing a picture like this on social media, I buried the picture deep in my archives to be forgotten. BUT after rediscovering it yesterday I’m so proud to say I have come to a point in my life that when I see this – I LOVE it
This picture has inspired me to book a new photoshoot that will not be retouched with photoshop and makes a point of showing those parts of my body that I used to be so ashamed of but now embrace. I have to admit that the thought of doing a photoshoot like this does scare me, but I’m also really looking forward to it. My hope is that by posting these photos it might help other women to be brave and do the same. Take another look at that picture you once thought was ugly, and try to see the beauty of how our form can take on so many different shapes and textures. We need more photos on social media of women showing those parts that we have been told are something to be ashamed of.  Imagine how empowering it would be to see!