Body shaming is something that can demoralize and discourage you to death in the middle of your rising struggle. Not many of the people out there have the courage to accept themselves and others the way they are. Everyone wants to change everyone without looking inside their own collars. But in this gradually ruining world, there are people who’ve got the guts to strike down all the negativity and rise like the stained moon with all its glory, brightening up the night with its slightly patched light. (Eclipses happen so do the miracles!)
To beat down the stigma of body shaming, a group of ten women from different countries and backgrounds gather in the Queensland, Austraila every year to strip down and paint their bodies with glitter in the name of body positivity.
Does it sound insane? It does but to them, it’s the sanest thing they’ve ever done.
“Women are taught from the young age that we’re not good enough, we need to be fixed,” tells Jill Kerswill, 27, a photographer. “There are a dozen industries telling us we can pay for a cure to our shame. The message of this shoot is all about being positive, celebrating what you have and letting go of your insecurities.”
She furthers reveals that women come to her with the idea of getting photographed stripped down at their annual meet-ups but almost all of them are nervous to undress, but she hopes all of these insecurities will fade away soon.
“There’s always a moment right as the girls strip down where they seem hesitant. They might touch their bellies or lift up their boobs because it’s something they’re self-conscious about,” says Kerswill. “Then they look around, see a girl with a flat tummy or perkier boobs is covering something she is self-conscious about and suddenly all that fear melts away and it’s so beautiful.”
"Everybody sees me as this sullen and insecure little thing. Those are just the sides of me that I feel necessary to show because no one else seems to be showing them." -Fiona Apple SHOW YOUR PRIDE. Www.jillkerswill.com . . #positivelyglittered #bodypositive #everybodyisbeatiful #selflove #naturalbeauty
She wishes every girl in the world would be able to experience seeing women in their most vulnerable form enjoying and relaxing in their own skin, seeing strange women becoming sisters and enjoying themselves.
While talking about how women around the world reacted to her shoot, Kerswill explained her feeling to the PEOPLE saying: “The feedback I’ve received from the girls after each shoot has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of them have spoken of feeling feed of their shame. I think every girl takes something different and unique way.”
Kerswill thinks the shoots improve and change her relationship with her body and have proven transformative for her life.
She, being specialized in boudoir and pinup photos, desire to see all the women she has shot feel body positive.
“Seeing these women so comfortable and free in their own skin has really helped me to deal with a lot of my own hang-ups,” says Kerswill. “I no longer care about my cellulite or my flabby tummy. Those things can’t hurt me! Why worry about something that has absolutely no barring in who I am or what I can achieve?”
Guess what day it is?? POSITIVELY GLITTERED DAY!! I can't express how proud I am to be a part of such an inspirational group of women!! Stay tuned for more soon! . If you'd like to be involved in the next glitter shoot, shoot @roseanna.mae a message. No experience necessary! . Www.jillkerswill.com #positivelyglittered #bodypositive #allbodiesarebeautiful #fitspo #girlpower #allforone
While talking about her photography experience with these glittered women Kerswill says, “I get so tired of how women I photograph apologizing for their cellulite or scars or flabby bits. Your body does amazing things! It carries you through everything you can achieve, it bears your children and without it, you wouldn’t exist. Praise it! Appreciate it! Love it for every bump and bruise!”
Check her work at www.jillkersill.com and book your position for the next shot as it requires no modeling experience.
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