CALL ME MRS. NARCISUSS
27th November 2015
My best friend sent me this image.
I sat staring at it, wondering exactly what she was trying to say….and I love it!
It perfectly sums up my Instagram page. She knows me well.
Since having a baby, I’ve found a new appreciation for my body and I am in awe of what it can do – But that’s only an excuse! I was posting bikini pictures well before having a baby and I’ve always been fairly body confident online. Firstly it’s my job – how could I host a show in front of hundreds of thousands yet go all shy online?!
For me it’s happily in control – I’m not counting likes or feeling any genuine appreciation in collecting little red hearts and that, I believe, is where the problems lie. So many get caught up in numbers and, post for attention. We’re all posting for attention… but what happens if you don’t get it?
I’m strict – I won’t allow myself to check in too often, it’s so easy to become addicted.
You won’t see me Photoshopping myself – I think it’s incredibly damaging putting out an unattainable image, false by all proportions, it only serves to make you feel less grateful about what you do have. You then begin to compare – not only with everyone else – but also with yourself.
You begin to fight for the artificial image of yourself, an absurd battle, impossible to win. So I’ll never amend my shape or texture but I will happily take advantage of a good filter.
Brazilians have a wonderful attitude to nudity and positive body image – just take a wander down the Copacabana strip. Being proud of your body and wearing very little is the norm, in fact it’s positively promoted by their Catholic upbringing – “Be grateful for what God gave you”
Call me Mrs Narcissus , I’m enjoying being grateful.
So come join me: https://www.instagram.com/laylaannalee/