bodies

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Addressing body image and body-related issues has always been something very dear to me.

A lifetime of body-related insecurities and extreme weight-loss practices; years of writing for fashion magazines; and four years of academic research around beauty ideals – all these factors have converged to a wealth of experience in addressing the many small and big body anxieties that many of us deal with.

I have developed a yoga-based approach to help us find more peace in our relationship with our bodies. This method includes principles and practices of mindfulness, community-building and storytelling, and continues to inform the writing, thinking and work I do around bodies.

I don’t claim to have all (or any of) the answers, and I recognise that the journey to complete ease in and around our bodies is often a messy, complicated one. But I believe strongly in creating and upholding loving, safe, supported spaces for honouring our body stories and figuring out these anxieties together.

so, here’s what I can do for you

talks

I welcome invitations to speak at conferences or events on issues around body- and self-image. Suggested topics:

  • storytelling around our bodies
  • using yoga to address body anxieties
  • redefining wellness and health
  • countering mainstream beauty ideals
  • body positivity / body acceptance 

experience

talks/presentations

‘”… but is she pretty?” How women respond to beauty ideals’: Three Minute Thesis presentation (2018)

selected articles

‘Fat people do not need your concerns about their health’ (The Conversation)

‘Are we what we wear or “what’s underneath”? How clothing conceals or reveals an “authentic” self’ (Discovery Society)

‘My weight is not my health’ (Elle Malaysia)

‘I’m not beautiful and that’s okay’ (Elle Malaysia)

‘Three reasons banning skinny models isn’t the answer’ (Huffington Post Blogs UK)

‘Why the new “body-diverse” Barbies miss the mark entirely’ (Huffington Post Blogs UK)

‘The before-and-after photo I never wanted to see’ (elephant journal)

‘An ode to my wobbly “imperfect” body’ (elephant journal)