Women Working To Do Good

WWTDG: Amber Krzys

 

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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