The Photoshoot That Taught Me Self Love

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I didn’t expect that at 50 years of age I’d be stripping down to my underwear for a photoshoot but that’s exactly what I’ve just done and it’s been the best thing for my own body positive, self love journey. So today I want to share why and hopefully my thoughts and tips in this short video may help make your own journey a little easier.

Now if you already love your body and feel totally confident then this video isn’t for you. But if you, like many women (me included), have struggled with body confidence then I hope these tips help. So here’s what I learned about loving my body from baring all for the cameras.



  • Stripped bare you see the “real” person I think as women we often hide behind our clothes (and that’s okay) but we lose a little confidence when we’re stripped bare and without that inner confidence life is hard and we’re hard on ourselves. Being half naked in front of so many women of all different shapes and sizes made me really see that we are in fact all the same.
  • Drop the judgement Often in life we’re quite quick to judge people. We’re often guilty of “judging a book by it’s cover” but when there is no cover you judge the essence of the person based on their personality, their energy, their humour, their smile, their character. This was a lovely way to actually get to know someone and a good reminder not to make quick judgements of people.
  • We all have our own hangups and insecurities Many women have a strained relationship with their body and this is completely regardless of our body shapes or sizes. 
  • Difference should be celebrated It’s so boring that we’ve all been “conditioned” to aspire to a particular ideal of beauty that someone else dictated for us. Who wants to subscribe to what someone else decides we should look like? I know I don’t.
  • Health is what matters At the end of the day we are all lucky to be here. Many amazing women have had their lives cut way too short and I’m sure if we asked any of them if they could be alive or have the perfect body I know what they’d choose.
  • Self love is a work in progress It’s not about flicking a switch and being happy with your body overnight. It’s something that you need to work on and the first step is about allowing your internal voice to be a kind one. Don’t say something to yourself that you wouldn’t say to a close friend or family member. And remember, be you – everyone else is taken.



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All lingerie worn at the shoot is from Rose & Thorne

What sort of relationship do you have with your body? Let’s start a positive conversation in the comments below.