Women Working To Do GoodWWTDG: Amber KrzysAlessandra Rizzotti

 

Loving your body is not always easy.  As a child model and actor, I was always aware of my body and was told on several occasions during photo shoots, at age five, that I had to lose weight.  I’m not as phased by my body issues now, but like a lot of women, I’m always aware of what I’m eating, how much I’m exercising, and where my fat likes to settle.  I’d like to look at myself in a different way, and sometimes that takes getting an outsider’s perspective.  When I met Amber Krzys, she had the answer.  bodyheart:  “a campaign to liberate women from their body-punishment prison”.

Amber Krzys faced her own body issues as a dancer and actress in Broadway, TV, and film, trying so hard to fit into a specific mold that wasn’t making her happy.  It was not until she was in the process of receiving her Master’s in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica, that Amber broke free of her negative self-image and formed a bodyheart workshop for women to collectively talk about what they loved about their bodies, versus what they felt they had to change.

Live bodyheart Event: bodyheart's campaign uses black and white photography and never retouches images. Amber believes that we are beautiful in our natural states and that retouching photos would be a disservice to the campaign. As you can see, both men and women participate, as men also face body issues stemming from media's portrayal of men in sports ad campaigns, etc.

Live bodyheart Event : Women from all backgrounds participate and it is the strength of women getting together in one place that makes the bodyheart campaign effective and powerful.

A multi-faceted campaign that at first reached out to women, but is now also guiding men, started as an inspirational photo shoot and has now grown into a therapeutic program with one-on-one coaching, bootcamp, live events, and helpful video blogs about exercising, eating, and healthy dieting.

bodyheart's live photo shoots focus on allowing women to celebrate the parts of their body that they love. This is one example of a photo from their campaign.

Women of all ages participate.

Amber Krzys’ bubbly personality is the core of bodyheart, and without her passion, the campaign wouldn’t be the effective force it is today.  I participated in one of bodyheart’s live yoga events at Lululemon Atletica and what I noticed is that many women after the event felt more confident and free about their bodies.  Amber stresses in many of her video blogs that it’s important to know that you are enough…that your body doesn’t need to be the main focus of your life.  But, once you accept your body, you can be comfortable enough to be a leader, be intimate in relationships, and love yourself so that you can be confident operating throughout everyday activities.

To learn more about bodyheart’s workshops, coaching, and campaign, visit www.bodyheart.com.  To join their campaign, visit www.bodyheart.org and click JOIN US.  And, to see one of bodyheart’s videos where Amber offers tidbits on exercising and healthy eating, visit the blog HERE.  You can also add Bodyheart on TWITTER and FACEBOOK to become a part of the campaign.  Free your mind of all its body issues and join bodyheart today!

You can further become a part of the bodyheart campaign by purchasing a necklace as a reminder of the bodyheart mission. Get yours at http://www.bodyheart.com/offerings/products/

 

Above video filmed and produced by Alessandra Rizzotti for Hello Giggles and WWTDG.

Women Working to Do Good is a series that Hello Giggles and the White House have been collaborating on. We will bring you stories of women in communities across the United States who we think are stars in their own right. Whether they are young entrepreneurs, active community organizers, or making a difference in a single life or community, we think these women are amazing and want to share their stories with you! Each story will also be featured on the White House blog, and we are working together to bring more strong female role models to the forefront.

If there is a woman in your community who you think should be honored in this series, email us at wwtdg@hellogiggles.com!

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  1. Amber, you are a beautiful soul up to amazing things that touch and inspire women and the lives they touch across the planet. Thank you for follow your vision and your dream and opening your heart to hear its whispering. You done good girlfriend!!

    • Monika! Thank you sooooo much. I appreciate your loving + encouraging words of support. Light to this message and all the many ways it has and continues to unfold. Big love my friend. xo

  2. Amber is changing lives in such a profound way. How freeing it is to accept and LOVE the bodies we have been given! I have such gratitude for all she is doing and also for all my body has done for me.

    • Hi Nancy! Such a treat to see you here. Thank you for expressing your love + support. Your body has done so much for you…and continues to do so much for you. Gratitude is such a powerful tool for shifting our perspective. Really beautiful Nancy. Thank you! :)

  3. It touches my heart that Amber’s work is reaching a wider and wider audience. The media and society have for too long been convincing us what beauty looks like, what perfect is supposed to be, and what extremes are required to get there, if in fact “there” is available in real life. Yes, taking care of yourself and being healthy is an important part of living and loving fully, however what that looks like differs from person to person. We are all unique, and that uniqueness is our individual perfection and beauty. Amber and BodyHeart honor this, support this, teach this, and help heal men and women who may have forgotten this. I applaud Amber and support her work touching more and more lives.

    Barry.

    • Barry. Thank you so much for checking out this feature and sharing your support by commenting. Yes, we are all unique and special and the more we celebrate and embrace our uniqueness – and that of others, the better the world will be. xo-A.

  4. As a former dancer, then actor, then wife, then mother, and now playwright, I have experienced body image from many different points of view. I love the female form, the beauty of all the different shapes and sizes. What always strikes me is that beauty that comes from within, you can see when a woman loves her body, it’s as if it radiates out from every pore in her skin. I love what you’re doing. This is a great piece here. Light on your journey ahead and this work touching out to more women across this country. SS

    • Hi Sina. Thank you so much for commenting here. I love everything you share. It’s so true that true beauty radiates from the inside out. I’m thrilled to connect with you here. Blessings to you and your family. xo

  5. This video and article is AWESOME. Such a powerful message to women. . I love it. Thanks for sharing and keep up the awesome work.

    Lv
    Matty

    • Matty! Such great work! It was a real treat to get to meet you. I appreciate all of your amazing support. Big smiles your way. xo-A

  6. Awesome video Amber! I love you, your work, your message – all of it! So grateful you’re out there doing this important work and that so many people are benefiting from it already. And I can’t think of a more appropriate place to be showcased that Hello Giggles – it just seems to fit you :) I hope to make the next bodyheart shoot! Xoxo

    • Thank you Leslie for your continued love and support. You have seen this grow from a seed to what it is now. And, hopefully continues to become. I hope you make the next bodyheart shoot as well. We’ll be working on our calendar in March. xo

  7. Amber, you know I am a HUGE fan of your message and your work. LOVED this video. I know that since I encountered your work I am a lot more conscious of what I love about my body. I can’t wait until I can participate in a Bodyheart photo shoot. When are you coming to Seattle?! xoxo

    • Laurie! Such a treat to see you here. Thank you so much for checking out the article and sharing. I’m excited to have you in the campaign as well. We are going to be laying out our year shoot schedule starting in early March. We’ll certainly keep Seattle in mind! I’ve never been! Always appreciate your continues love and support! :)

  8. Amber, I love what you are doing! Such a positive message for all of us! LOVED the abs video, btw! I hope bodyheart reaches sisters far and wide!!

    • Hey Theresa! Thank you so much for checking out this feature and sharing your love. The abs video is a a good one, right? So glad you liked it. Thrilled to have you within this awesome movement. Peace + Love. xo

  9. What a great video and article about Amber and bodyheart. I love it! So glad that this is featured on HelloGiggles. It’s such a great message for men and women.

  10. I’m so glad to see bodyheart featured here! I participated in a bodyheart photo shoot in New York City last year, and it was a profound experience. First, I spent some time on my own with my body, thinking about what part I wanted to feature in my photo – and realizing, hey, there are actually quite a few parts I love! – and then meeting Amber, being part of the energy of that day, and being photographed by a professional that made me feel truly beautiful. I can’t wait to see Amber spread this movement far and wide – it’s so needed!

    • Awww. Amy! Thank you so much. I love your share and I love even more that you had the realization that you have a few body parts that you love! Way to expand in your loving. The NYC shoot was such a magical day. Thank you for being a part of it and for being in this community. I acknowledge your courage and appreciate all of your support. Keep on lovin’! xo

  11. Love that HelloGiggles is sharing Amber’s mission! bodyheart is vital for ALL women: any size, shape, race, financial and educational statuses. Women are constantly being bombarded with faux messages and don’t even realize it. There is nothing more toxic than thinking negative comparative thoughts about one’s body. bodyheart is the wake call that sets women free from body imprisonment. If you are the slightest bit interested in rising to your higher self, bodyheart provides PERMANENT tools which allows you the freedom to arrive to a peaceful destination.

    • @Leona! Girl, you so rock! Thank you for checking out this article and continuing to be a part of the bodyheart community. Here’s to setting us FREE! xo

  12. This article & video put a HUGE smile on my face. Awesome movement, and I’m so glad it’s being recognized! There is so much negative body image propaganda & misinformation being spun & preyed upon by ad agencies & diet companies, it’s great to balance that with a message of body love. It’s a big shift in thinking, but so much more the truth. Thanks Amber & Alessandra!!

    • Hi Jenny! I’m so glad you enjoyed the feature + message. It’s so true about the propaganda and misinformation and that’s why you and I are so important. All it takes for great change is one. Once one person wakes up, they ignite the path for others. I’m thrilled you are embracing the real truth! So wonderful to connect with you here. xo

  13. to post a I discovered bodyheart 4 1/2 months ago and was so excited about Amber and the bodyheart message of breaking free from your body image PRISON, b/c it is indeed a prison and a very self-violent one. I do not know a single woman NOT struggling with this issue. The female body has been co-opted by society and reduced to its ability (or inability) to measure up against an unrealistic beauty standard. I feel like women finally learning to break free from that “myth” of ideal beauty is like waking up from a bad dream. Like we unplugged from The Matrix or something and are redefining a NEW honest, authentic reality around beauty. I, for one, am incredibly proud to be a part of this powerful movement. I appreciate you spreading the message here on HelloGiggles. I can’t imagine a woman in your target audience for whom the bodyheart message isn’t relevant.

    • @Cris – Thank you so much for sharing here and for your continued support. You are one big bright light. And, I have to say, I love how you compared it to the Matrix. It is like that – taking the blue pill and waking up to the truth. There’s discomfort and confusion and pain, but then ultimately freedom! I so appreciate your sharing. xo

  14. Thank you for this beautiful feature and awesome opportunity. The video and feature are so lovely. They capture the [heart] of bodyheart. So honored to be part of this series! xo