Lately I have become captivated by the amazing A Beautiful Body Project by photographer Jade Beall. I am not too proud to admit that my stomach does not resemble itself from nine years ago, before I’d birthed a 10 pound (no, that is not a joke or exaggeration) baby – and then three years later her 8 1/2 pound sister. The skin is stretched and wrinkled and my belly button is more of an outie now than an innie. There have been times when I’ve hated that new stomach and contemplated how to get it flatter and firmer, whether that meant shaking through a plank hold or researching plastic surgery.
A Beautiful Body Project is so well done, and it really gets to the core of what matters – loving yourself and those around you. Jade’s book The Bodies of Mothers which she did as part of the project has the ability to make you appreciate – or at the very least, happily accept – those stretches and wrinkles and what they represent as a mom. The story behind the project is inspiring and the results of her Kickstarter and subsequent PR campaign speak for themselves. Jade is single-handedly breaking down insecurities and building self-confidence in women…one stretch mark at a time. @ABeautBodyProj