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Natural Beauty (Anonymous)

Feeling down about my not so picture perfect body I decided to take some pictures of myself. Not from flattering angles, not sucking in, not standing up. This is me, with my belly hanging out, my stretch marks, my soft bottom and legs, and less than perky breasts from feeding my child (and still am). I am not skinny, I am not smooth, I am no longer toned, I have bulges and wrinkles, but I am a mom and I am beautiful!

in Belly, Postpartum, Reader's Favorite, Submissions

33 comments… add one

  • sarah Thursday, March 4, 2010, 12:19 pm

    your middle picture made me smile. That is my least flattering way to “pose” and I loved that you did it. Thanks so much for loving yourself. You are an inspiration and I appreciate it.

  • Susy Thursday, March 4, 2010, 2:00 pm

    That’s me when I AM sucking in. lol. I have separated abs. I think you look great!!

  • Hannah Thursday, March 4, 2010, 3:02 pm

    aw……..your writing made me tear up. you have great confidence! good job.

  • kimber Thursday, March 4, 2010, 4:09 pm

    we’re twins. i love these! and i love my body too at this point. good for us!

  • Shanyn Thursday, March 4, 2010, 4:14 pm

    You are gorgeous. And these pictures are lovely…

  • Bobbi Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:14 pm

    Great pictures!! I Love your attitude :o)

  • Colleen Thursday, March 4, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I love these pictures. The writing and poses are just amazing. I wish we could see more beautiful pictures like this is magazines.

  • Sarah Friday, March 5, 2010, 3:06 am

    An aptly named post! You are most definitely beautiful! And you have breasts that I envy and such gorgeous legs that I’d love to trade you for! You’re so beautiful!!!

  • shannon Friday, March 5, 2010, 7:37 am

    I love that you took a picture of yourself laying down! My belly also just “melts” to the side!!! You look so great…even at “unflattering” angles!

  • Amanda Friday, March 5, 2010, 9:48 am

    Thank you so much for your writing and pictures. Your body could be a double for mine, but I am not even close to having the same attitude. (Working on it!) You’ve made me teary this morning. Thank you.

  • Alex Friday, March 5, 2010, 10:28 am

    I love the side on belly pic as it shows how a real tummy looks after carrying a baby. Mine is the same and getting looser the thinner I get. I think a few people snap back but most of us are left with the proof that we are Mothers and to be honest I’m proud of my little pooch. The media needs to get over itself and stop dictating to people how they should live/look/earn/etc.

  • Karla Friday, March 5, 2010, 11:21 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! These are the kind of pictures the media needs to print. You are a real women with beauty and curves.

  • kat Friday, March 5, 2010, 1:17 pm

    more women should adopt your outlook, many cheers to your beauty and state of mind :)

  • KW Friday, March 5, 2010, 9:28 pm

    I actually think those photos are very graceful and sexy! I hope they helped inspire confidence in you and help you appreciate your overall figure. I started appreciating myself a LOT more when I started taking photos…I think more women should try it out!

  • Anon Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:16 am

    These pictures are gorgeous.

  • Samantha Saturday, March 6, 2010, 11:05 am

    Beautiful and Strong! We are WOMEN and we are PROUD of our bodies!

    You look fabulous chick, love the pictures!

  • Alicia Saturday, March 6, 2010, 11:59 am

    You are beautiful, and I say that honestly and wholeheartedly.

  • Sarah Saturday, March 6, 2010, 12:26 pm

    GORGEOUS!

  • jessica Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:03 pm

    wow mama! you are gorgeous! honestly i would kill to have your body!i have always been a thick girl, and after the kids i have slowly gotten bigger and have finally started doing something about it! i have lost one dress size and am on my way to my goal size! thank you for your post, it was inspiring :-)

  • foxy.kate Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:44 pm

    perfect! beautiful! strong!

  • Jessica Saturday, March 6, 2010, 2:07 pm

    You are gorgeous! Such lovely legs! Thanks for sharing.

  • Britt G Saturday, March 6, 2010, 2:10 pm

    Loved these pics I hope to be brave enough to do something like this!! My stomach looks just like yours. I look in the mirror and feel down but it looks good on you so I will reject my negative body image thoughts.

  • Dara Saturday, March 6, 2010, 2:32 pm

    You are Beautiful. Thanks for being open and vulnerable. You give me strength.

  • Mel Saturday, March 6, 2010, 2:34 pm

    I would LOVE to look like that. I had my daughter 5 months ago and am SO depressed about the extra stone of weight I’m carrying. I’m such a chubster! YOU LOOK GREAT!!!

  • SHARON DAVIES Saturday, March 6, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Good on you! I take my hat off to any proud mum who would do this. Well done , i think u look great, u should be very proud!

  • 40yroldmom Saturday, March 6, 2010, 7:58 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous. You GLOW. Now I understand what my husband means when he says that I am beautiful.

  • F Sunday, March 7, 2010, 8:50 am

    lovely. : )

  • mamaoffour Sunday, March 7, 2010, 5:39 pm

    LOVE this post. You’re gorgeous.

  • Sarah Monday, March 8, 2010, 12:50 pm

    You’ve inspired me to buy some sexy undies and take some “Natural Beauty” photos! :)

  • kalindi Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 5:16 am

    love these pics so much you really are beautiful! wish pics like these were uses more in the mainstream!

  • Brittany Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 10:29 pm

    I just want to say that I love your body, and these photos literally brought me to (happy) tears. It was like looking at myself!!! I am 24 and I have 2 wonderful children. Your pictures have made me realize that I am not the only one who looks like this, I am normal!!!! I have unrealistic and unreachable goals for myself thanks to all the Jessica Alba’s in the media who look perfect 2 days after having a baby, and I am done being disappointed in myself for not looking like an airbrushed supermodel.

  • heather Friday, March 12, 2010, 4:33 am

    I think you need to take another look at your photographs, what you describe is not what I see at all. I see a thin, pretty woman, natural, the way were all meant to be XX

  • Hilary Friday, March 12, 2010, 7:59 pm

    I think you look great.

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