Real Bodies: Captivating Katie
It is an honour for me to share with you the gorgeous photos of Katie, mom and full-time photographer from the Cape. Looking at this energetic bundle of joy, it is hard to imagine that she ever struggled with weight- and body image issues. Here is her story and images...
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mom, photographer, and provincial squash player. It often feels as though I have 3 full time jobs juggling all of the chaos, but it makes me who I am.
What does being body positive mean to you?
Body positivity means loving my body as it is, and appreciating it for what it can do. It’s a journey, not necessarily a state of being. There are good days and bad days, but the goal is to have the good out number the bad
If you could tell your younger self one thing about self-acceptance and self-love what would it be?
Don’t chase the numbers. Love yourself for where you are. Be proud of your achievements no matter how big or small they are
What was the best body positive message ever given to you?
“You are a machine” - which was said to me on a bad day at the gym. I knew I was struggling that day, but I was still giving it my all. Your body can do more than you give it credit for. And there’s always someone out there that can be inspired by your story.
Do you ever try to speak positively about the way you look?
Ever since becoming a mom, I’ve been much more aware of being a positive role model for my son. He knows that I go to the gym, but I go to get fit and strong. He has become my biggest supporter. Comments like “mom, of course you can do that. You’re strong, and you’ve been training hard”.
Do you have any words of encouragement for women or young girls who may deal with shaming of their body type? Or even something you, yourself may still need to be told?
Trust your body to do what you need it to. Feed it, support it, and it will take you far. The most vocal people with negative comments are usually those who have the most insecurities.
To conclude, complete the following: I will love my body more positively by…
Treating it well. Taking time out when it needs it. Trusting in its ability