Thursday, February 17, 2011

Friend Friday - Body Image

Every blogger that posts outfit photos must deal with body image.  This weeks installment of Friend Friday questions deal with just that - Body Image!  I'm going to be honest on these ones and I will speak candidly.  So here we go...

1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed?

I wouldn't say that my body image has gotten better or suffered since I started blogging.  More than anything I'm learning what works for my body type. 

2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway?

Heck yeah I'm self conscious about aspects of my body - who isn't?  I love talking about what went wrong with my outfit.  This isn't me being down on myself.  I'm hoping that when I acknowledge something that doesn't look right, some other person with a similar hang-up can learn right along with me.  Some of my favorite bloggers will mention their personal body issues and how they dress in a way that doesn't emphasize those "problem" areas.  If I mention that I have a healthy backside, I'm not doing so to talk trash about my body.  I bring it up so that other gals with the JLo booty can see what works and what might not work as well!

3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?

Just in the short time I've been blogging my body image has improved.  I feel like I'm dressing with more confidence and walking with my head a little higher.  I feel like I've been more put together since I've been blogging and I'm dressing with more accountability.  I'm hoping the trend continues!

4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you're having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision?

Almost all of my posts include photos of myself.  I've mentioned before that I'm more comfortable when it is only my camera, tripod and myself in the room (I feel silly and self conscious when anyone else is around).  There are certain pictures I look at and thing "Yup, that worked!" and other days I look at the photos and thing "Dang, did I really walk around looking like that all day?"  I know that I'm not model material, I'm simply trying to show what I think works for my body and pictures are the best way to show that.

5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?

For anybody that has body image issues, it is important to know that being stylish isn't dependent on your size, height, length of your legs, hair color, ethnicity, or complexion.  Having great style means dressing to accentuate the parts of your body you love, finding what works for you and building on it, and embracing your uniqueness!

For more great answers to these questions, check out the list of participants at Modly Chic.  Thank you Katy for another set of fantastic questions.


  1. I think it's fantastic that blogging has improved your body image - it's so easy to feel self-conscious with the amazing array of outfit posters out there!! Sounds like you have a healthy attitude - good for you. That's what I'm aiming for... ;)

  2. I love you answers and totally agree that blogging has improved my body image too. I ALSO agree that I still don't do as well when someone takes my pic, as opposed to using my tripod. In my first couple of blogging weeks pics my smile looks unnatural and forced and the tripod has totally saved me. I feel completely relaxed now. I happy I'm not the only one! :)

  3. Totally agree with you on the comfort with solo photo shots. I feel so strange when others take my pictures!

  4. I really liked this blog post and also enjoy your fashion blog regularly. I am taking a college class called "Interpersonal Communication" and one of our ongoing homework assignments is to do a journal. A recent topic was about our body image. After doing my entry I read what you answered and I'd like permission to quote you for #5. I will cite you as my reference with your blog name and date. If this is not alright with you please let me know. Keep up the inspiring work.

  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one that does better flying solo on the photos.

    LindaLou - sure, feel free! I feel so honored ;o)


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