Everyone has an opinion about a womans body. Whats fit, whats sexy, whats strong, whats too strong, what size it should be—up top, down below, all around.
Enough! At WH, the only opinion we want to hear about a woman's body is from the owner of that body.
So we passed the pic to eight provocative public figures, from actresses and athletes to a body-positive model and singer.
We simply gave them one prompt and then pressed record: "My naked body is..."
"My naked body is... a place I'm newly comfortable with. When I was younger, I thought I was the only person on earth with lopsided breasts—they're both a B, but one's smaller. It was this devastating thing, this thing I was so broken up about and didn't talk to anyone about. When I was 16, I put together a list of pros and cons for my mother about why I should get a boob job. I was like, 'It's not going to be as expensive because I'm only going to get one done!' My mom was like, 'Absolutely not.' She bought me a fake boob insert to put in my bra, and I was always afraid people would know that I had it. I remember one time hooking up with a guy, trying to direct his focus to the bigger boob, and thinking, I have to slip this fake boob into my purse somehow!
"In acting school, we had to write stories about ourselves and our bodies, and it was the first time I talked about having lopsided boobs. I was so nervous, but so many girls were like, 'Oh my god, me too!' I was like, 'How cool that talking about your own body insecurities can help yourself but also help other people.' I knew then I had to start being nicer to myself. I realized it was a lot more work to be negative and talk down to myself, and I didn't even get anything out of it. All that inspired me to get into fitness.
"I enjoy working out because I struggle with anxiety, and exercise has been a great way for me to combat that. Now I can joke about my boobs. My husband and I talk about 'the big boob' all the time. Sometimes I wish I could go back and talk to the younger Franchesca and tell her it's really not a big deal, and that it will be fine and you are going to be at a place where you feel really good about your body—it's just going to take some time."
Franchesca Ramsey is the host of MTV's Decoded. She's also developing a pilot for Comedy Central and is working on a book, a collection of personal stories and advice.
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Women's Health.
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