Tuesday 21 November 2017

Stripping off won't change how we feel about our own bodies

Women showing off their lumpy bits will not stop us believing we should still strive to improve ourselves, writes Niamh Horan

Loose Women: Do photographs like this make you feel empowered?
Loose Women: Do photographs like this make you feel empowered?
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

As part of a body-confidence campaign in the latest move to 'empower' women, a group of female celebrities have decided to strip down to their smalls.

The stars of British daytime TV show Loose Women, including former Page 3 model Katie Price, journalist Janet Street-Porter and singer Coleen Nolan, showed off their bellies, stretch marks and cellulite in an attempt to make us all feel better about ourselves.

Within days, Daily Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon came out with the same message. Posting an online picture of herself in nothing but a bra and knickers, she said she wanted people to stop feeling the need to look perfect. The plaudits came thick and fast: "such a courageous act"; "Bryony for Prime Minister"; "legend"; "wonder woman"; "I love you"; "you're beautiful".

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