Reflections on the Body Love Conference
|Jess Baker introducing Tess Munster|
I first heard about the Body Love Conference through The Militant Baker (who I am advertising with this month - give a shot out if that's how you found Curves and a Camera). As the founder of the BLC, Jess Baker did such an amazing job not only recruiting volunteers but spreading the word and making sure that a wide range of people heard about the conference (while I was there I met locals and ladies traveling as far as from the East Coast).
|Sonya was the first to make me cry with her|
presentation on This Body is Not an Apology
Body love is something that I've struggled with for many years. I never grew up being told I was pretty...it was always my makeup, my hair or my outfit that was cute/beautiful. Never just me.
Now I'm sure some of you will say "but isn't that the point? to teach our girls they are smart and more than just their looks"?
|Tess's keynote made me cry the 2nd time.|
So fast forward many many years later. I'm 23, haven't had a "boyfriend" since high school, and was tired of being the funny/smart bestfriend/like-a-sister character in my own life's story. So I said FUCK IT! I'm just as worthy of love....just as beautiful as anyone else. I started dressing how I wanted, stopped (trying to at least) say hurtful things to myself and started trying to change the way I approached life.
|Jess is such an inspiration to kick some ass!|
Thank you to everyone at the conference, all the volunteers, the speakers, Sonya Renee Taylor, Chrystal Bougon from Curvy Girl Lingerie, World Famous *BOB*, Liz Denneau from Candy Stike, Ida Tapper, Tess Munster, Jess Baker and my friend Susan for making this a weekend I will never forget! I laughed, I cried (a few times), I developed major girl-crushes, I found new heroes and I made new friends.