Cosmo reader Faith Blumberger bravely poses nude for the magazine after overcoming her body-confidence demons
“It’s not fair to judge womanliness on dress size.
“Working at a clothes shop was just as bad. One colleague asked if I was bulimic within 10 minutes of meeting me, and once I was hounded into lifting my shirt to prove my ribs weren’t visible. It was humiliating – I tried not to cry then stuffed myself with McDonalds, desperate to stop being thin.
“On days I felt low about my body I couldn’t moan to anyone – they’d say I had nothing to complain about. And when I tried to comfort friends on their low confidence days they’d roll their eyes and ask, ‘What do you know?’ The negativity people felt towards my body really affected me. At times, I didn’t feel like a ‘real woman’ and I’d worriedly send pictures to friends asking, ‘Do I need to eat more?’ I do have to watch what I eat and make sure I’m getting enough. I fill up on carbs, meat and veg and always eat three meals a day – just skipping breakfast has a noticeable effect.
“Since finishing university, I get fewer nasty comments and it’s made me realise I never had a problem with my body at all – I let other people make me feel insecure. Now I roll my eyes when people say mean things. It’s not fair to judge womanliness on dress size – we’re not all made from the same mould.
“The important thing is to be happy and healthy and to embrace our bodies as they are.”
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