Are we really surprised about body shaming in pageants?

Are we really surprised about body shaming in pageants?

Miss Canada sends a message to body shamers. Miss Canada, Siera Bearchell, was everywhere last night. While scrolling the interwebs late last night, I couldn’t sleep, I’d over-napped. That headline jumped out at me from not one, but multiple locations. Shamed for her larger body. Trolled, hitting back at the condemnation of her body, is seeking to redefine the ideals of beauty. But are we surprised? I hate to tell you, but I’m not. A woman that looks like me would never make it that far. We are weeded out in much earlier stages if we choose to compete at all. Women who are remotely ordinary are not in the international arena, so what are we talking about here? Are we…

15 women, 1 dude and me; what body confidence means to us

15 women, 1 dude and me; what body confidence means to us

It’s been a big week so far for the Confident You Body Confidence challengers. Wow. We’ve talked about everything from our insecurities and body shaming to celebrating our body wins and those people who love us no matter what. To say I’m proud of where we are as we enter the home stretch is an understatement. As part of the challenge, I sent out a crazy number of requests for body confidence related quote, thoughts, and tips. The people you see below are those that responded (I could have done better representation-wise, I will spread the net wider again next time) and became our daily poster child. It’s funny how with a pre-planned idea of daily emails, that these quotes all…

Starting the conversation for body confidence.

Starting the conversation for body confidence.

I want you to hear me out on something. Your body, how you feel about it, all of that stuff just as it is right now, is FINE. Perfectly, imperfectly fine. You don’t have to wait to weigh less or be fitter, to be well or anyone’s version of healthy to start. You have to start now. Now is the only time that matters when it comes to taking back control of your body and loving it. Meagan Kerr | www.thisismeagankerr.com Think about it, are you going to wait to be shorter to start? Until your skin is a different colour or your hips are suddenly not as wide-set? Impossible. Literally impossible. So instead, consider this. We all know the…

How the Confident You Body Confidence Challenge will work.

How the Confident You Body Confidence Challenge will work.

We are only days away from kicking off the 2016 Confident You Body Confidence challenge. Holy heck. Time flies when you’re having fun and writing your butt off on a new challenge. Haha. I wanted to make it clear how the challenge will work. A frequently asked questions, of sorts! So, let’s do this. Erika | The Queen of Confidence Email Subscribers. You guys will receive daily challenge emails delivered to their inbox. This is where the magic happens. I’m asking the over 200 people subscribed to the emails to really dig deep, to tackle the challenge day by day and see what results show up for them. There is a Facebook Group to support this, click over here to join…

How to deal with other people’s unwelcome conversations about your body

How to deal with other people’s unwelcome conversations about your body

Fat or skinny, short or tall, athletic or squishy, in 2016 there is little chance that you will be able to escape the running commentary that is ‘bodies’. Your body is the only one to be concerned about. The only one. But that’s not the way it is for most people. So today, I want to talk to you about how you deal with other people talking about your body. Talking about it, weighing in and giving opinions like they own it or something. Which collectively, I think they do. But they don’t. Let’s get clear about that now. You are the owner of your body. The way it looks, gets used, exists and the things it does are all…

Confident You: Body Confidence Challenge

Confident You: Body Confidence Challenge

Ladies, brace yourself. Confident You is back for the second time in 2016 with a TWO WEEK body confidence challenge. Starting 1st December this short and sweet challenge will see you question, and in a lot of cases break through, the ideas you have about your body, how it should look and who has a say in what you do with it. It’s about confidence and being at home in the body you have NOW. The one that has loved and supported you through all the challenges life has thrown at you. The one that, to date, has never quit on you. It’s about saying to yourself once and for all, I AM GOOD ENOUGH. Because you are!  PLUS, we…

I felt like no one wanted to kiss me…

I felt like no one wanted to kiss me…

Oh, Kylie. I read those words, and I felt sorry for the child you were. That girl, she was all of us. Did anyone ever tell you that? That girl worried about if boys will like her, was all* of us. We all wanted to be liked, valued and unfortunately, in this world for women, your attractiveness is the thing that matters. It breaks my heart. For every girl who has been there and every girl going there. I just want to scoop them up into a hug and make that longing to be wanted go away. And if Kylie was my sister, my niece, my friend, that is exactly what I would do. Not only that, but I would…

Why I refuse to be afraid to wear a bikini

Why I refuse to be afraid to wear a bikini

This could be a VERY short post. A super short one, but well, you know me I’ll make it long just because. But the short reason I refuse to be AFRAID to wear a bikini is because, afraid is for spiders or clowns or being murdered in your sleep, not someone seeing your stomach. Right? It’s clothing folks, it’s nothing to be afraid of. And if you’re anything like me then a bikini might just work out better for you. Firstly, interchangeable sizes and no length issues. It’s the same as the tankini (which I’ll talk about later this week) but with a little less material and a little extra oomph. Since Gabi from Gabifresh launched her first “fatkini” in…

Weight Loss, Dieting and being Body Positive

Weight Loss, Dieting and being Body Positive

The week I got home from Melbourne I felt like rubbish. Months, literally, of late nights, partying, eating poorly and little to no exercise had caught up with me and I was wrecked. It took me a while to acknowledge that I wasn’t taking care of myself. I wasn’t doing what I know to do to keep myself running at my best. So, I started an exercise and eating plan. Some people, they would call it a diet. GASP. Especially from those who just weeks before listened to the SUGER+INK episode where I proudly declared myself a diet industry drop out. Not for me, I adamantly said. And I stand by that. But how, right? How can mere semantics declare…