Cardboard Courage

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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!






  1. Monica

    February 14, 2013

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

  2. Elizabeth Blindauer

    February 15, 2013

    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!

  3. Morowyn

    February 15, 2013

    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.

  4. Lisa

    February 27, 2013

    So beautiful!

  5. Jenny

    April 24, 2013

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

  6. Eva

    June 11, 2013

    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!

  7. Midian2013

    September 18, 2013

    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

    • Krystalee

      October 2, 2013

      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 :)

  8. April Lucas

    October 11, 2013

    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.

  9. Morgan

    November 3, 2013

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

  10. Jill

    December 3, 2013

    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!

  11. Kersha LSmith

    December 4, 2013

    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. :)

  12. Adina

    January 25, 2014

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

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