My name is Bea and I am a co-author to this blog, ‘Je suis beautiful’ which translates as ‘I am beautiful.’ It’s taken me a long time to finally say that to myself- and that is what this blog is for. I want to inspire confidence, self-belief, self-worth and to have the courage of your convictions and stand up and shout out to the world that ‘I AM BEAUTIFUL’
My story started nearly five years ago, I had just lost my father to cancer and it obliterated me. I shut myself off from the world and sank into a world of apathy and loathing. I didn’t care about anything, least of all my weight and appearance. I can hear you all now saying, ‘’well, that is understandable’’ and you’re not wrong, I was grieving. It was after the grieving process ended and I began to accept what had happened was beyond my control, that I couldn’t change anything, that it started to spiral out of control. I got very complacent with my weight gain and steadily went up to a size 16. I was in complete denial, to the point that I managed to squeeze myself into a size 10 miss selfridge dress for a night out. I really saw myself for the first time in photographs and was horrified. I decided to do something about it, and after time, I regained my size 10 body back. It took effort and hard work, a lot of sacrifice where I felt I could devour an entire case of chocolate bars, but I kept my resolve and I was strong.
Now, I don’t want to come across as a hypocrite because the message of this blog is to believe that loving yourself for who you are is better than hating yourself for who you’re not. It’s not perfect, it’s riddled with cellulite and stretch marks, but I love my body. I am happy and I am beautiful. And you all are too.
Whether you’re a natural size 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 or 6, or you simply were/are like me and gained weight, the purpose of this blog is to change the distorted perception of beauty and image and achieve a unified perspective where everyone is individual and remarkable.
I look forward to the journey and adventure ahead, to inspiring some of you wonderful readers and with any luck or joy have at least one of you tell me you told yourself that you were beautiful.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.