By Guest Blogger – Ms. Hardly Hidden
Who better to educate me / us about teenagers and body image than the usual adolescent naturist girl! Lucky for me, there is an excellent family who I love dearly, and as luck would have it, one of the daughters is 15 years old, a naturist and a talented writer! Below is the post she wrote specially for us.
Teen Girls And Body Image Problems
Seeing Through Natural Eyes – Teenage Body Image and Naturism
I simply recently turned 15 years old. I’m a teen girl and I’ve been a naturist for the last 3 years. Currently, I attend an all-girls school where personal growth and development are strongly encouraged. Consequently, body acceptance is also widespread in our community. Despite this, the pupils around me still appear to have difficulty accepting their own bodies. As a teenager, I’m faced everyday with dilemmas and worries concerning my body and others. At school, regardless of who you hang out with, you hear people say things like; “I am too fat.” “You’re so pretty!” “My boobs are too modest.” “My boobs are too big.” “I wish I looked like you.”
Teenage Body Image
Personally I do not find these issues to be as pressing. As a young child, I loved to read and learn. I didn’t watch a lot of TV or read magazines. By avoiding those two media sources, I managed to prevent so much of the mainstream media’s thoughts. I was not comparing myself to models and I looked up to my parents as examples of good adults. My dad was also a photo-shoot stylist for a while, which presented me to an entirely different perspective of trend than the widely accepted view. I saw fashion and clothes generally, to have two primary uses: function or expression.
I knew I would never look like a model in a magazine, but I also knew that models didn’t look like models in magazines. Hairdressers, make-up artists, photographers, and stylists all contributed to the persona that would be the product of the photo-shoot. In reality, only a small few of the images taken ever make it to the public eye. Understanding this alleviated that pressure of living up to the images of beauty which were illustrated in vogue magazines everywhere.
Nevertheless, I still started to become insecure. I was still too skinny, too short, and too bony. You’ll find two things that helped me gain confidence and acceptance of my own body. Dance and naturism really allowed me to overcome my insecurities. Dancing was a way for me to learn to maintain control of my body and to accept the fact that it transformed at an alternate rate than my peers’ bodies. Naturism on the other hand, enabled me to actually see that nobody was the same. Everybody was different and the socially accepted viewpoints of beauty were limited to some skinny number of real folks. Even then, they didn’t fit the ideal perfectly.
All in all, I discovered beauty to be a very subjective ideal that depended on the situation and individual. Now I personally find that everybody around me has their own appealing qualities that shine through, being a kid or a teenager is tough for that matter so is being an adult! All of us struggle with body image and comparing ourselves to others makes it worse. I found that, accepting that your system will grow in a unique way is a vital part of body acceptance.
I want to thank Ms. Barely Hidden for composing http://modestperson.com/views/i-also-had-a-few-naked-experiences-while-i-was-growing-up.php about Teenage Body Image for us! Please feel young nudist family pics to comment and show her the love and appreciation she deserves!
Let us hope she’ll be willing to share more of her thoughts with us!
This guest article titled – Teen Naturist Teaches Us About Teenage Body Image Issues – was released by Young Naturists and Young Nudists America FKK
Tags: body image, body shame, teenagers
Type: Body Image Blogs, Nudism and Naturism
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By Guest Blogger – Ms. Hardly Hidden