Welcome to the very first post of My dear woman body photography project.
If you want to know more about it & about what's coming next, check the full story here.
The model is french, and wanted to remain anonymous
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What do you like the most about your body ?
I feel like the answer to this question has changed throughout the years. My first answer would be my legs because I’ve always been told that I have those dancer legs many women want. On a deeper level, I could answer the same because I know how lucky I am to be able to move however and almost everywhere I want to. I’m definitely not in perfect health but I have a working body that can take me from A to B and that’s basically all I ask from it.
What don't you like (if there is something you don't like) ?
It’s not as resistant as I would want it to be. I’ve had a few small health problems for a couple years now, that are not a problem on a daily basis but they still keep me from doing certain stuff, especially for sports or traveling. I wish I could be tougher, and I have this fear that it might get more difficult in my older years.
How do you feel about it ?
I’ve been self-conscious about my body for as long as I can remember but I can say that I’m getting better. I appreciate my body for what it allows me to do and to feel and I learn to cut him some slack about what I don’t appreciate. I try everyday to look at its value and not at its flaws - it doesn’t work everyday but I’m working towards it.
What is a body to you ?
Your body is the first impression people get from you, but not in a bad way. It’s a means of expression, a support for what you want people to see, through clothes, hair, tattoos, etc. For a long time I felt like people judged me by the way I looked but I think that most of the time, people will only remember you by the way you look and appreciate you for everything else.
Last word ?
It’s always easier to change the way you look at yourself than to change the way you look. I’ve learned these past years that no matter how many diets / sports / changes you do, how many times you look yourself in the mirror and think about what you’d like to change about yourself, you can’t always get what you want, as Mick says. It’s not a walk in the park but eventually you’ll go from « it’s not that bad » to « I like everything I see, even that flaw » because your whole body makes you who you are, not only the parts you dislike. Oh, also, most people will NEVER notice the flaws you feel self-conscious about.