A couple of years ago, we reported that Taryn Brumfitt, a mother and blogger from Australia, had launched a brilliant campaign that redefined what “before and after” photos should look like. She compared herself in a bikini as a young woman, to her post-birth body, which she’d once had conflicting feelings about.
Ultimately, Brumfitt decided to embrace her changed figure. Here’s a quick refresher.
The campaign received an overwhelmingly positive response, and now Brumfitt is spreading body positivity in a new Kickstarter-funded documentary film called Embrace. The film discusses how to tackle body shaming issues and challenges women to embrace their bodies after they give birth.
To complete the documentary, Brumfitt spent two years traveling around talking to different women (and men), and shockingly discovered that most spoke negatively about their bodies. “It is a real epidemic of body shaming and body loathing and it is quite heartbreaking,” she concluded.
Through this documentary and her organization The Body Image Movement, Brumfitt is challenging our society to support body acceptance, recognizing that younger generations are influenced by unrealistic images they see in the media.
The film in particular is very personal to her, as she gives this empowering message to her daughter: “Darling girl, don’t waste a single day of your life being at war with your body — just embrace it.”
That’s an empowering reminder for all of us—male or female, sample size or otherwise.
Here’s the official trailer for the film, which enters Australian theaters in August.