Birdsnest and the Body Image Movement
When I was a whipper-snapper I was painfully thin – I could not gain weight for love-nor-money.
My Mumma was a cook by trade, so I was fed extremely well.
One of my favourite meals was homemade steak and kidney pie with chunky chips (deep-fried of course) covered in the gravy she made from the pie filling.
BLISS ON A PLATE.
Mumma made the best short-crust pastry.
Luckily for me, I had the appetite of a horse and devoured everything she made.
I’m guessing from about the age of about 10 years old, I probably ate the biggest portions in our house – not even kidding.
My Mumma always said I had hollow legs.
Our family house in the UK had an old-fashioned pantry – I loved sitting in there on my own (with my bottom refusing to budge from the cold stone step) eating all the food.
I simply LOVED being in there – it was my food den.
I remember one night I snuck in to steal a pickled onion from the jar…as soon as the (very large) pickled onion was in my mouth, I heard someone coming and promptly panicked by inhaling before I had the chance to bite into the onion – within seconds, fear of capture disappeared and I flew through the pantry door unable to breathe. My Dad swiftly responded with a quick whack on my back, and the onion catapulted across the lounge room floor 😉
I think my parents always knew I was in pantry, even though I believed they hadn’t got a clue.
No matter how much food I devoured though, I was still the tall boney girl at school with the big feet – yep, that was me. My nickname was lamp post.
I was loved, fit and healthy but I remember wishing I looked different. I wished for CURVES simply because I wanted to fit in, I hated being the abnormally tall and lanky one.
Guess what? My wish came true.
One day, when I was just doing life my hormones kicked in and my pear-shaped body started to form.
Looking back, 21-year-old me never truly appreciated how great my figure was – instead, like most, I continually picked fault with it.
In my twenties I quickly realised, the days where I could eat man-sized portions were well and truly over.
I became a Mumma to my beautiful girl at 29. Then within 18 months I was a gym-junky, until I injured myself and needed knee surgery.
The surgery was not successful.
From that point I started to struggle with how I saw myself. I tried desperately to cling onto something a body image that was no longer achievable.
We all need to acknowledge and appreciate how precious are bodies truly are and how they change as we grow older – youth is not eternal, but that doesn’t mean to say we can’t embrace these changes with positive and accepting approach.
53-year-old me, is more than ok with who I am now.
I could not even tell you my weight – I just don’t know it.
Last time I weighed myself was about 10 months ago.
Without jumping on the scales though, I would guess I am the heaviest I have ever been (and that includes pregnancy people – NO JOKE).
But I’m ok with that.
I know how to dress my body to make it look the best it can.
This movement is right up my street.
Bird Keepers Shoulder Splice Maxi Dress in Splash* $99.95 | Rare Rabbit Earrings* $22.95 | Rare Rabbits Square Nuggets Bracelet* $34.95 | Rare Rabbit Long Orbit Necklace* $39.95 All Birdsnest Heels: Trix $59.99 Spendless Shoes
Sizing: I’m wearing a Medium which fits well all over and POCKETS – this dress is super versatile and could take you easily from ‘beach to bar’ or would make a fabulous Christmas Day dress, comfortable and striking.
What I love the most about the Bird’s over at the Nest (see what I did there 😉 and yes there are some boys there too ) is they are taking a stand and using models of different sizes to show us their range.
- No airbrushing/photoshopping of images.
- All items can be viewed on models size: 8-10, 12-14, 16+ THIS ALONE IS INCREDIBLE
- 100% of proceeds from their Embrace range goes directly to the Body Image Movement.
How is your Body Image?
- Do you constantly worry about what other people think of you?
- How often do you say, you are too fat, too thin, too short, too tall?
One of the sole reasons I started Iris May Style was because I believe you can still be stylish even as you are ageing and no matter what body shape you are.
You can also love the skin your are in.