Can you relate to the above statistic? I can! My first proper boyfriend dumped me after I declined an invite to the local swimming baths. Revealing the full horror of my adolescent body in a swimming costume simply wasn’t an option. A couple of weeks later, he was dating one of my best friends. No biggie – he was exceedingly handsome and crashingly dull. (So often the way, don’t you find?)
This is a Dove campaign at the South Bank by the Thames. I really, really like it. Thought-provoking, simple, interactive – and aimed to boost self-esteem. I’m not convinced this would have made me show my body in a swimming cossie at age 15, but it might have helped me know I wasn’t alone.
Sewing’s definitely helped my confidence around my appearance. Has it helped you? Were you a person who avoided the changing rooms? Ever faked a period or a cold?! Oh, youth. There are some things I don’t miss.