This Is What Happened When A Group Of Women Got Together To Talk About Loving Their Bodies
What does it mean to love your body? That’s what a group of women in the body positivity space, including myself, got together to discuss in front of an audience of 200 men and women in New York City this past Friday.
The event, entitled Love Your Body, was sponsored by Samsung and held at the brand’s 837 flagship space in the meatpacking district. Actress and body positive advocate Raval Davis served as host for the panel which included Editor and Founder of Stylishcurves.com Alissa Wilson, Curvy Style Blogger Nazira Sacasa, Talk Show Host and Self-Love Expert Nitika Chopra, and myself, who founded Be-Enough.com earlier this year.
Before we got into the heavy conversation of loving our bodies — and how we got to that point — guests were treated to a host of experiences, including a braid and brow bar, massages, and drinks and music courtesy of DJ Olivia Dope.
Attendees were also able to receive personalized words of encouragement for their self-love journey via an Affirmation Station and pre-written body-positive messages were also available for guests to pose with in a photo booth.
During the panel, each of us talked about our entrance into the body positive movement, Nazira and Alissa’s being a love of fashion while Nitika began discussing self-love as a result of health issues and I, my weight-loss journey.
And as we relayed our personal battles and how we maintain love for ourselves, even on off days, something beautiful and unexpected happened with men in the crowd asking for advice on how to help the women in their lives, from their daughters to their girlfriends, come to love their bodies more.
Body positivity may seem like a catchphrase to justify what some deem to be an unhealthy lifestyle, but the truth is the term means nothing more than having love, compassion, and respect for all bodies — yours and others — and that’s something everyone of every shape, size, and gender should be able to get behind.
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Event Photos Credit: Joe Chea, Wison Morales, Randy Bredy