I initially saw a trailer for EMBRACE in August 2016 and wanted to host a screening, however my ego said, “who are you to host a screening?” I saw the trailer again November 2016 and the next thing I knew I was filling out an application to host a screening.
I hosted a screening of EMBRACE in Seattle, February 2017, which was a huge success! I am truly grateful for the one hundred seventeen people, that took action and showed up for the screening of this incredible film! My intention for this screening was for people to feel inspired and create conversation about the body image movement, which will create a ripple effect.
Taryn Brumfitt has chosen to harness her energy and create a body image movement that is inspiring people throughout the world!
At home in Adelaide, Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three. But internationally, she is a highly recognized body image activist whose powerful message has reached over one hundred million people worldwide via traditional and social media. After receiving more than seven thousand emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realized that there was a global body-hating epidemic and felt compelled to find answers.
EMBRACE is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions. After twenty-four months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production Taryn and the EMBRACE team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging - but above all life changing.
Body image resonates deeply with me. As a young girl growing up in California I loathed my body. My body image issues go back to when I was four or five years old and eventually manifested in eating disorders. As a child I envied what others had. I criticized what I wasn't. I wanted to be skinnier, taller, you name it. I constantly compared myself to other people and I hated my reflection.
I am proud to say that I am no longer that young girl who loathes herself. I am proud and love the woman I am today, by doing my own inner work.
I envied what was presented by the media. I was that girl whose life revolved around magazines and I strived to achieve what was in those magazines. The images in the magazines were not even attainable by the women in the magazines. Majority of the women I envied in the magazines came out later admitting to using drugs, having eating disorders, or doing whatever means to achieve the body that was expected by others in their field, so their career wouldn't die. Those false presentations from women, especially influential women, are totally damaging! And God forbid a photo of a model be untouched! Look in your magazines, those photos are distorted, totally unrealistic, and unattainable. The photos are "touched up" in photoshop or airbrushed.
This movement to me is much more than your exterior. This is about loving who you are from the inside out. Let’s create a movement!
Interested in seeing the film, but you can't find a screening of EMBRACE near you? EMBRACE is now available on various online platforms. For details click here.
* Photos are from EMBRACE screening in Seattle, February 2017, hosted by Stephanie Rochelle.
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