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A few weeks back, VUWSA hosted its first annual Body Positivity Day. To promo the day, I really wanted to create a video interviewing students about the topic of body positivity. Some of responses were just beautiful. Here are some of my favourites.

What do you love about your body?
“ I shaved my head a few days ago and it’s looking crisp — I like that”

“I just really love that I have one, it gets me places”

“I have really strong legs that can take me up mountains and also I have a cute butt”

What do you do to feel body positive?
“I look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I am myself, there’s only one of me in this world and I should take care of myself”

“I’m me for a reason and there’s no one else like me”

“It’s about not being ashamed of what you’ve got. You’re blessed with the presence of being on Earth and it’s about being comfortable in your own skin”
However, as I feared, some people were uncomfortable with the topic. One girl kindly told me that she was really struggling with her attitude towards her body and said she didn’t want to do the interview. I told her that was absolutely fine, but to be honest it broke my heart. I couldn’t stop thinking about her all day.

So if that girl is reading this, I have something to say.

I hope you are doing better since the last time we spoke. What you said struck me. I want you to know that you are not alone. Loving yourself takes time and practice. Be patient, and most importantly, be kind to yourself. Hit me up if you want to grab a coffee on me <3 P.S you have such a beautiful smile.

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