Body Image Pro Gets A Lessons at the FKK Gathering

Guest site composed by: Shaquoya Hemmans
Body Image Expert Learns About Body Image:
Living in a world where beauty is power, I 've always had trouble finding myself in it. Always keeping up with the ever changing trends, spa treatments, and fitness center work outs is challenging and expensive. All that within an effort for me to always be accepted and loved for the beauty ideals and attractiveness which was established before I was born. Needless to say I'm not the only girl, only woman, trans-woman, man or child who dwells this cycle of ridiculousness.
My name is Shaquoya Hemmans. Feminist. Progressive. Strong-willed. Strong. Girl. I work with women and young women in the ages of 5-19 who've been sexually used. I conduct workshops to boost Healthy Body Image. I was invited to conduct a workshop at the Naturist Portal Party at Juniper Woods. At first, I was really nervous to accept. I have never been in an open space around unclothed individuals before, much less to be unclothed around people I did not know.
How would they understand how beautiful I can be without my long, beautiful scarf blocking the perspective to my round gut? How do I demonstrate my status without my gold watch and studded dress? I 've conducted workshops for over a year and a half, teaching others how to love themselves more, yet the idea of me being nude sent my self-confidence crashing down. But I love a challenge. I knew this could be a opportunity to do something I haven't done before so I gladly taken and made arrangements. I've never been more excited, scared, and nervous.
I arrived with a friend/ assistant to Juniper Woods with a filled bag for the night and my notebook with 3 hours of notes in the long drive to the resort. I needed to make sure I planned as much as possible for the new crowd of my workshop. I was greeted with smiles and bare skin. Everywhere I looked was a naked butt, bare breast and genitals. As much as I appreciated seeing, I understood that there were eyes on the young woman running the body image workshopstill covered with clothes. So for the sake of keeping others comfortable, I got nude.
Body Image Expert at Juniper Woods with FKK
N-A-K-E-D! I walked freely with the nude people. The individuals who would be considered unusual or perverts. These "peculiar people" were more accepting than any "ordinary" judgmental folks I've met before. They walked nude without a fancy scarf obstructing their tummies. They walked nude with large visible scars, without makeup, without elaborate jewelry, without judgment. At one point I looked at myself in the mirror. Studying my curves and flaws, trying to picture what others find. Attempting to comprehend why for so long I was hiding, embarrassed of the body that cradles my soul. Who made me embarrassed?
I got my notebook, tore all my planned notes out of my novel, and got my pen. I headed over to start my body image workshop.
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