Cardboard Courage

Cardboard Courage

 

The photo below has popped up all over social media and the blogosphere.  I spent awhile trying to find where it originated from.  The nearest I can tell it’s from the website Stop Hating Your Body and the model’s name is Natalie.  I wonder if Natalie knows how inspirational she is?  She has encouraged many women to stop the self-hatred and start embracing who they are!  A group of women from the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs community decided to create their own versions of Natalie’s photo.  I was so moved by their courage I also stripped down and participated.  I hope these photos serve as a reminder that a clothing size should never dictate beauty or self-worth.  We are all glorious!

 

Check out the recent 2014 Cardboard Courage project that includes an inspiring video – Click here to access!

 

 

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  1. Beautiful. This was actually an amazingly healing experience. Thank you, everybody, for being so awe-inspiring! <3 it!

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  2. it feels great to not only have the courage to do this, but to inspire and get others to find their courage to share their pictures as well!

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  3. Having hypothyroidism, I have always felt that I couldn’t control my weight. I was always given a lot of guff for it, too. Still am! And the fact that NO diet would work for me made me feel worse.

    But seeing these woman who are comfortable with themselves and are gorgeous because of it gives me renewed hope. It makes me feel like my weight problem really isn’t that much of a problem. I’m still going to get treated for my hypothyroidism, but I will remember these times as times of learning and I shall cherish them.

    On that note, if I wasn’t disregarded as “ugly” by my peers, I may have never met the love of my life.

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  4. So beautiful!

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  5. I think a mother looks beautiful regardless of her size. Great article.

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  6. Thank you for this. It’s a much needed boost in my confidence. I’ve been at a size 24 since 2010, and have hated myself since. Joining this group is making me love myself again!

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  7. i think this is pritty darn awsome and would love to join in :) if i knew how…i am 27 i weigh around 220 and wear anywhere from size 18-23 depending on the brand..i as a whole dislike my body as it is even more messsed up after having my baby…long story there..anyway

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    • Hey! Im 27 years wiser as well! AND I am 213 lbs :) I am learning to love myself again after baby and illnesses. I can wear anywhere from a sz 18 to a 14 depending on the brand. I love me and you should love yourself as well! True beauty starts with you being happy with who you are :)

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  8. I am 33 yrs old and I am only 5′ 1/2″ tall and wiegh 220. I am a size 20. I sruggle with the acceptance of my wieght. I have been heavy most of my life and this was just what I needed to read. My Husband Loves me just as I am but I fight with myself everyday over how heavy I have become. So again. THANK U for showing us the true beauty in women. Thank U for the encouragement we all need everyday. Thank U for allowing ur lights to shine for all of us.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful ladies! Awesome for all of u to post these pics! Keep rocking it!

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  10. Love this! I admire your courage. Isn’t it stupid we have to be courageous to do this?? Thank you for doing this!! You are helping me be brave!

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  11. This is so inspirational right now. None of you ladies know how proud and envious I am of you all to have such confidence. I am struggling so much right now that I just wish I could do something like this myself. Need the self confidence booster atm. You were ALL very beautiful and Sexy ladies. :)

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  12. this made me cry… you are all so very beautiful. I love your courage!!! lots of love!! xoxo

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  13. Why do heavier women shame thinner? I have the victory secret type body. And I’m in a constant battle trying to hold on to my pounds or trying to gain weight. I would never think about competing against other woman saying men prefer my body type.

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    • Thanks for your feedback Hanna. This was from a few years ago and I’ve set stronger guidelines for photos submissions since then. ALL bodies are amazing and it’s not okay for women of any size to shame one another.

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  14. Was suppose to
    Write Victoria secret.

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