Queen of the DayBlogger Brilliantly Rethinks "Before" and "After" PhotosMargaret Eby

Blogger, photographer and mother Taryn Brumfitt is recalibrating what “before” and “after” photos should look like.

Brumfitt, a photographer from Australia, had a hard time reconciling her body after having three children.

“So many changes occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy and after birth and yet society and the media glosses over all the (literally) sh*tty stuff and feeds us the unicorns and fairytale version of motherhood and parenting,” Brumfitt wrote in an essay for the Huffington Post.

She even considered going the plastic surgery route to fix her body issues, mulling a tummy tuck and breast lift.  But then, she thought of her daughter Mikaela.

“How am I ever going to teach Mikaela to love her body as it is if her Mummy can’t do the same?” Brumfitt wrote on her website. “How am I ever going to encourage her to accept and love the parts of her body that she doesn’t like without being a walking contradiction?”

So instead, Brumfitt decided to launch a campaign redefining what “before and after” photos should look like. So she posted a photo on Facebook that compared herself as a young woman in a bikini as the “Before” and herself nude post-birth as “After.”

“Because heaven forbid a woman love her body after,” she wrote.

The positive response to Brumfitt’s campaign was overwhelming. Her picture soon went viral, shared by users on Twitter and Facebook. Though some argued that Brumfitt was contributing to the obesity epidemic with her campaign, most of the reactions applauded her work.

“Very brave,” one commenter wrote. “Good on you Taryn for promoting good body image thinking.”

“I feel so much better now about my body,” another commenter wrote.

Now, Brumfitt has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new documentary, “EMBRACE,” encouraging women to, yes, embrace their “after” bodies through her Body Image Movement campaign. She’s looking for about $200,000 to help with production

The film will focus both on how Brumfitt came to love her body and “will explore why body loathing has become a global epidemic and what we can do to create a brighter future for women everywhere.”

“Women and girls are constantly held back and lead to believe they’re not as good as they should be,” she wrote. “Why? Because every day we feel we’re being judged on our appearance and how far away it is from an unachievable ideal.”

Image via bodyimagemovement.com

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  7. So beautiful and so healthy!

  8. I don’t really understand why people say she’s brave to post this photo. Let me explain myself: is there really a difference between the before and the after photo? Especially when you know that she gave birth to 3 children! I disagree when people say that she looks like a normal woman who is a mother because most women today doesn’t look like her, she’s way thiner/fitter than most women. Seriously I know many young woman who are around 20 and who doesn’t look as well as the way she looks, and many mother who had 3 children who also doesn’t look that good. So maybe it was hard for her to appreciate her body as it is know, but really?? Her body is very nice, I don’t get it sorry…

  9. Her face is just glowing in the after picture. She looks happy and content. Life is amazing and we should just embrace it. Skinny, fat, short or tall. We are all humans and should treat ourselves that way with respect and love. She is amazing, and kudos to her for doing this! She is beautiful, and I’m sure her husband would agree!

  10. I don’t get why people would condemn her for contributing to the obesity epidemic…I completely agree that there’s a difference between loving yourself and making excuses for being unhealthy (I’m sorry, but 5’4″ and 210 just isn’t healthy, “love yourself” doesn’t apply if you aren’t trying to take care of yourself) but this woman doesn’t look like she falls anywhere close to obese. So she’s a little bit bigger from pregnancy, she still doesn’t look like she’s obese. I say good on her, she’s doing great! Sure, she can lose weight if she wants, but she doesn’t appear to be in the danger zone as far as how big she is. Whether she chooses to lose weight or accept her “mom” physique is her own prerogative, but she’s got the right idea, accepting the loose skin and stretch marks that pregnancy caused, in order to teach her daughter about self love.

    • She’s not contributing to obesity… she’s not even obese. She looks glowingly healthy and it’s great that she would show the real side of having several kids. You wouldn’t have any idea how healthy she is, how often she exercises or what she eats… lol

  11. I love this. This is what “real” women look like and I am happy someone is brave enough to step forward with it. Good for her!

  12. “contributing to the obesity epidemic” And that’s what’s wrong with Western society. She is in NO way fat, but rather post-pardum (If you bothered to read the whole article)
    My brother-in-law made a huge mistake by saying I still looked pregnant 2 whole days after delivering my 4th child…. I decked him :)
    I can’t stand to see how celebrities are reported on looking thin as a rail 2 weeks post-baby. Do you understand what they had to go through to get looking like that?! If you’ve never had children, let alone multiple babies, you have no idea what it’s like living with this huge flap of skin hanging off you while your hormones are raggin and you’re trying to love yourself and this new life you created.
    I for one do eat VERY healthy and do take great care of myself (and family) but yes, I still have that extra baby ponch , maybe a tiny muffin-top, but I see no point in working so hard just to ‘look’ in-shape for the general public.
    As long as mamma and baby are healthy and well taken care of, who cares about the little extra weight?! Yeah she’d probably like to have that six-pack back and tone up her thighs, but do you REALLY think she cares what ‘everyone else’ thinks? I don’t.
    (for the record, I’m 12 wks preg with baby #6 and I still look fantastic without every stepping foot in a gym. I have to produce pictures since people don’t beleive I have 5 kids.) Rock on moms!

  13. Hmm,that’s ok but what if she wanted to attain a look similar to the before one, and worked out hard and ate nice and healthy? I don’t see what’s wrong in that either…and this looks like a better suited campaign for women with children..

    I like the idea but this loving oneself doesn’t strictly mean one can’t desire to improve, I love myself and my body yet I wanna change it,make it better, that is also possible. :B

    • I think you’re missing the point. It’s not that they are saying that people shouldn’t work hard or eat healthy, but that healthy isn’t always thin and toned. It’s about changing people’s perceptions about what IS a healthy, beautiful body. Flab is villanized, stretch marks are deemed disgusting, and wrinkles are hidden… All naturally occur in women during phases of their lives (not just pregnancy), and it’s time we all start excepting them and loving our bodies, stretch marks included.

    • Nothing says that tighter skin across her stomach or a lower body fat percentage would be her better self, though. I appreciate that she had the courage to say that she likes her current body, that she doesn’t have to want to change her appearance to be acceptable.

    • I think she probably does work out and eat healthy still. She isn’t overweight or obese even in the *sliiiightest*. Her point is that your body DOES change (no matter who you are and how healthy you eat) after having a child or two or three… and that we don’t have to and shouldn’t accept the photoshopped airbushed images we are bombarded with daily. She is so beatiful in both photographs, and continues to look very happy and healthy. It’s all about self love girl. Seeing this makes me so happy <3 xo

    • I completely agree.