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Bonnie Ratliff is a single mom to two rad teenagers in Southern California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. She started The Shape of a Mother in July of 2006 because she believed that women have the right to know the truth about what bodies look like, and that knowing the truth can help to heal from deeply painful self-esteem issues. Bonnie also blogs (sometimes. kinda.) at her personal blog, zebrabelly.com. She spent a year writing for BlogHer’s Own Your Beauty initiative. She hopes to make a major change in how women love themselves. She is a tutor for the writing center of a local community college and in her spare time she likes to play with photography or torture her Sims.
Within a month of SOAM’s creation, the London Guardian had done an article on the website. It has since been featured in The Orange County Register, Fitness and Mothering magazines, Today.com, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and at least two European television shows.
As of June 2017, the current stats for SOAM were as follows:
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