In 2006, when I started this website and it went from scratch to worldwide in less than a month I was struck by the deep need for such a website to exist in this culture. Women responded to it with such emotion – relief, gratitude and love among others – that I knew we’d been craving it for generations. Almost immediately I decided I wanted to create a sister website that reflected what all women look like, even if they haven’t birthed a child. A site where women of all ages, sizes and colors have the opportunity not only to work on body and self love in more general terms than just pregnancy, but also to discuss issues like mastectomies and how it effects body love. And, of course, always showing the world what real bodies, in all their diversity, look like.
I’ve tried a couple of times to get this dream of mine going, but for reasons behind the scenes it’s never happened – until now! We are working on it as I speak and it will be up and running in the next few weeks! I’ll keep you updated on that as it progresses, but in the mean time I wanted to ask you to spread the word and to send me submissions for anything you’d like to share. Tell your grandmothers, your aunts, your little sisters – ask them to share their stories, pain, love and wisdom with us.
Over the last almost five years I’ve felt a shift in body image and, while Hollywood might not get it yet, the rest of us do. Together we can make big changes. We can heal ourselves and help the next generations toss self-hatred right out the window. I’m so excited!!
Here’s how to participate:
**Please do not submit professional photographs unless YOU are the photographer or can have the photographer e-mail me his or her permission. Due to copyright laws I cannot post photos without the photographer’s direct permission.**
By submitting an entry you agree…
…to allow me to post your photos and/or story here on this website, and you realize that this is the internet and a public forum.
…that if your photos include nudity, you are over 18 years old and were at the time the photos were taken.
TO SUBMIT A STORY:
Email the following information to TIAWsubmissions@gmail.com!
What to include:
~Title of your entry:
~The name you want posted with your entry (“Anonymous” is fine):
~Your story or thoughts if you want to include something:
~Will you give permission to use this entry in the media, if needed? (Not necessary, but appreciated)
~If you would like me to close comments on your entry, please let me know – otherwise I will leave them open by default.
~Don’t forget to attach photos!
You may also choose to include:
~Any key words (surgeries, infertility, plus-sized, health complications, etc):