There is nothing a thinner body could give me that I do not already have. On a down comforter-covered king-size bed, in a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, I got naked for Substantia Jones and the Adipositivity Project. I don't mean that I took off my pants or my shirt. I mean that I took off my clothes, all of them , even the ones underneath. Just me and my bare-naked ass and Substantia and her camera and my daughter, Kelsey, to tell me I'm a badass. It's a radical act, I guess, stripping for a relative stranger — showing someone your wobbly bits, your unkempt bikini line, the topographical map of varicose veins that run across the back of your thighs.
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I hear you. I completely understand how you feel. I get that same blah feeling about myself when I think about booking new head shots or long overdue pictures of me and Justin. Precious, I even picked a career that has me permanently behind the camera rather than in front of it. Seeing myself in pictures actually produces the faintest sick feeling in my stomach.
Ministry's Dark Side of the Spoon has been banned from Kmart, but not because of the apparent reference to drug use in the title or the potentially offensive religious reference scribbled on a blackboard beside an image of the American flag. Instead, the massive retail chain says it doesn't approve of the picture of a naked woman -- in this case, an overweight, naked woman -- included in the cover art. The banning makes the album the second rock record in a month to be deemed inappropriate for sale by the national retailer. In May, both Kmart and Wal-Mart pulled the self-titled debut album by Godsmack from their stores -- where it had been on sale for several months -- when parents in the Cleveland area objected to both chains about vulgarities and about lyrics that seemed to deal with suicide. In Ministry's case, "it was the nudity on the album cover" that prompted the decision, Kmart spokesperson Dennis Wigent said Monday June Although the album came out June 8, that decision, too, was made in May at the company's corporate office in Troy, Mich. Wal-Mart never planned to carry Dark Side of the Spoon in the first place, whose title apparently makes a reference to the act of shooting up heroin, because the Ministry's albums have sold poorly there in the past, Wal-Mart spokesperson John Bisio said. The nude woman on the album's cover is depicted facing a blackboard and wearing a dunce cap.
If you scroll through the SelfLove and BodyPositivity hashtags on Instagram, you'll see an array of what appear to be transformation photos —side-by-side shots that people use to proudly share their progress in changing their weight, size, or muscle tone. These images are popular within the fitness community, where they serve as inspiration for people looking to change themselves physically or live healthier lives. But a closer look will reveal something interesting: Many of these side-by-sides aren't traditional transformation photos at all. Instead, they're " 5-second transformations " taken by body-positive Instagrammers hoping to show how misleading images on social media can be. Whereas most transformation photos are shot over a period of weeks or months, these 5-second transformation photos are taken mere seconds apart, and they highlight how easy it is to manipulate an image using different poses, lighting, and camera angles. For example, when Aerie Real model Iskra Lawrence casually sits down, she has visible stomach rolls. But when she arches her back, they magically disappear. When self-love influencer Milly Smith wears high-waisted tights, her stomach looks flat.