The story behind PROJECT BOOBS - #1
Ok, you've seen the full project image-wise, and you know why I set it up... It's time to hear from the ladies and their WHY.
Before the project I felt very anxious and upset about my breasts. After loosing 6 stone in weight my breasts unfortunately have gone south ways! From my weight loss I feel my boobs have no shape, covered in stretch marks and don’t fit properly in any tops I even considered breast surgery to enlarge them. I didn’t even like my fiancé seeing them and would cover up with clothing quickly.
I applied to be part of the project to help to boost my confidence after the weight loss and show that all boobs are not the same and this social media predicament about having the perfect set of boobs is not necessary. Boobs are so important for us women and we need to love them as they are. Having a family member being affected by breast cancer it is also so so important for us women to check our boobs regularly, I never did before hand but I do know regularly as I have realised how important it is.
Seeing my project boobs photograph it has helped my confidence and helped me realise that my boobs aren’t that bad! They are covered in stretch marks and are a little flat at the top but that’s me and that’s my story. It has also made me realise that things could be worse
I felt confident with my breasts before the project, I know my body is not modelesque but I am now comfortable within my own skin and with the support of the group have become even more so, confidence is sexy remember!
The reason behind being part of the project was partly because I wanted to help demonstrate that everyone is different and for that it makes you interesting and beautiful in your own way; however, the main reason for participating is because my family have a history of breast cancer. Knowing your breasts and being comfortable with getting them out in front of the mirror, to your partner or to the GP can be the difference between life and death. Every woman has breasts and no one knows them quite like you, so noticing a change is important! Don't be ashamed to look at yourself in the mirror, to notice changes, to go to the GP or even just to mutter to yourself "dayum, you look sexy today", because you do look sexy today and every other day. Please check your breasts ladies and don't forget, the GP doesn't care whether your breasts touch your chin or knees; if your nipples are big or small; if your breasts are black, white or fluorescent green (well, they may be a bit concerned then), they care if you're healthy, so don't be embarrassed and check those breasts!
(Afterwards I felt) Fantastic! Nicole's an extremely talented woman and to portray me in a way i thought never existed is brilliant. I'm so happy and glad to be helping a bigger movement. Such a brilliant experience, could not be happier.
My breasts have served me well, I have breast fed our two children for almost 3 consecutive years. Breasts should be celebrated for every woman.
I wanted to apply as I struggled hard to breast feed at first, finding it hard to do it, and wondering if people would say something when I was out in public feeding. Then after a while I stopped covering myself up, I just looked into our beautiful babies eyes when feeding, and I don't give two hoots who is looking.
Wow, I am so delighted at the two beautiful photographs Nicole took. Thank you so much Nicole. Once upon a time I would never have been the girl who took part. Breastfeeding has been and still is an amazing journey for me and the photographs will help me celebrate that.
Before doing the project I had only just learnt to accept my breast as they are, they're a little handful and that's okay! But it's taken a long time to feel this way about them!
I wanted to be part of the project because for years I have struggled with loving my breasts. In school I would wear a heavily padded bra, just to feel like I fit in, I wouldn't be openly talking about my breast size (and if I did, I lied). I also have a third nipple which made me feel even more 'abnormal', compared to all the other girls, who didn't have three nipples.. Until I got older and realised it doesn't matter what everyone has, it just matters that you're comfortable with yourself and all your nipples! I joined this project because I want to be part of a revolution, women openly and freely showing their bodies, regardless of breast size, regardless of 'abnormalities', regardless of anything, just loving themselves and being confident enough to show 'em off!
After seeing my photo it has definitely boosted my confidence, I feel I can be even more open to show my breasts and talk about them, finally I feel free (and so do my boobs!)
I have always felt mixed emotions about my breasts, some days I like them, some days I don't, but now with having an amazing partner who loves me just the way I am even still after having a child, I have gained in confidence and come to love my breasts and body. Doing this shoot gave me more confidence within myself. Embrace yourself, rock what you have been given, be proud of who you are!
I wanted to promote body confidence, I know a few people who have suffered so much with hating their body, you can't help what you are given so embrace what you have and love it, do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Boobs come in all different shapes and sizes and that's perfectly fine and normal. There is no right or wrong body shape.
I feel hot! Nicole was amazing and so comforting for someone who has never done anything like this before , she made me feel sexy and I can't wait to do a full shoot with her!
(How did you feel about your breasts before doing the project?) Not the best. A lot better than how they used to look but still unsure after under going operations. I've always felt like they are unmatched and not gonna sit nicely.
I applied straight away after seeing Nicole's post as its a area of the body I have always struggled with. Being a teenage girl who had one breast one size and the other was a completely different size. Like a few cup sizes different. I've always worn loose clothing and hid from everyone as I was always so embarrassed by my boobs. Something like this would've helped me as a younger teen which is why I wanted to take part. Yeah I decided to go private and get breast augmentation but they still aren't perfect but they have given me more confidence as I never thought in a million years I would take part in a project like this.
I feel better, not just for the way they look but for the confidence that this has given me. Plus that even though everyone says "no ones are perfect:" that I now believe it because for me they are 100% better than ever.
Check back next week for the next set of stories!