We live in a digital era where social media is a tool employed by millions to share moments and experiences (no matter how significant) in between mundane tasks. Some say people post only their highlights reel on social media, but the rise of carefree culture is exposing audiences to a lot more voluntarily posted behind-the-scenes moments. You would therefore think sharing your unfiltered thoughts about your body with the same audience you laugh about your slim bank balance with would be an easy task, but not necessarily – body talk is a topic more sensitive than sunburnt skin for thousands of people.
This is why the response to the New Naked #DearBody campaign is both overwhelming and worthy of applause – public vulnerability is no minor feat. It’s also clear from our recent poll results that body positivity is slowly eclipsing negative body image for womxn of all shades, shapes, silhouettes and sizes. A healthy portion (45%) of the 793 respondents said they would tell their body ‘you are perfect’, while only 24% would tell her that she’s had a rocky start.
— Marie Claire SA (@marieclaire_sa) August 20, 2018
Elaborating on these responses, this is what our readers wrote to their bodies:
Dear body, I’m sorry
#DearBody I’m sorry for looking at you and feeling disgusted at what I was looking at. I can now see how beautiful you look. You become beautiful everyday, I can now stand proud in front of my besties and not feel ugly… We’ve come a long way and we’ll continue to strive ❤
— 💫. (@x_Tshose) August 21, 2018
#DearBody I used to love you until people started to point out how ugly you were. That even when I was falling inlove with you again, I was reminded of how I’m not enough and don’t compare to other girls who are sexier. I’ve let you down, I’m sorry. I promise to do better.
— Phumla🌻 (@sofhangelia) August 20, 2018
#DearBody ..You’re More Than Enough For Me 😊 I’m Sorry For Wishing To Have A Better Body Than You 😭They Make Not Like You , But I Love You Dearly 😍I Have Given You Scars And You Survived 👐You’re Strong , Fearless And Everything I Want 😊😊… Love SINQOBILE@marieclaire_sa
— Sinqobile makhathini👅🌹🌈 (@Snqobile_Mark) August 20, 2018
I’m sorry for always trying to change you ,the truth is sometimes society gets into my head , I love all of you , you are different and you are priceless, from now on I promise to love and cherish you like the Holly temple you are ! pic.twitter.com/0y03OYOrNW
— Mpilo khodi (@CodsMpilo) August 21, 2018
— Gabrielle Aurora (@GabbAurora) August 21, 2018
Dear Body, I am sorry. I am deeply sorry for the all the times I call you awful, untrue names. I am sorry for all the times I hide you and tell you the lie that you are undeserving of love, celebration and acceptance. I am sorry for the times I feed you too little or too much and expect you to have energy to exercise. I am sorry for all the times I ignore and disconnect from you. I am so sorry for all the times I compare you and tell you you’ll never measure up…unless you are thinner, stronger (the list is endless) I am sorry Body, and promise to commit TO YOU. To our relationship. To listening to you first. To loving you first. ♥️ I promise to care for you. To be gentle, compassionate and kind towards you, always! In sickness and in health Pc. @nicolakatieimagery . . #Dearbody #bodypositivity
Dear body, I’m in awe of your strength
#DearBody, you are a FIGHTER! At this exact moment I was 3740km from home. Alone, broke, sunburnt and wearing a cheap ill-fitting bikini, I was happier, curiouser, wilder, louder, stronger and freer than I’d ever been. I had quit my toxic job, fought anxiety and panic attacks, survived my first nervous breakdown, lost an organ and had my heart broken almost irreparably. But in this life-changing moment, I chose life. I chose me. And while I thought I was the one doing all the damn things, it turns out #DearBody YOU were there too. ❤ #dearbody #bodypositivity #lettertomybody #marieclairesouthafrica #thenewnaked #naked2018 #bodybeautiful #thoughtfultuesday #throwbacktuesday #bikinilife #zerofucks #doyouboo #happygolucky #thatkweenlife #curvesfordays #workinprogress #selflove #feelingmyself #scarsandstretchmarks #celluliteisbae
— #VIEP (@djkellzbby) August 21, 2018
#DearBody You are stronger than what I thought. You have been my best friend through life’s toughest times. I love you body even though U can’t do all things I want. People see U as disabled for one thing you are unable to do. But I see U for everything U are able to do.
I ❤ U pic.twitter.com/3iaoZ64dZp
— 👑I Am Royalti On Wheels👑 (@RoyaltiOnWheels) August 21, 2018
Dear body, thank you. I love you.
#Dearbody thanks for standing up and continuing like it’s normal even though my spirit and soul were weak. Thank you for being warm and a place where people can lay their heads on for comfort and support. Thank you for being strong despite your soft nature. To more years🍻 https://t.co/SiAGfo8d90
— notre cherié (@_Laurianna) August 20, 2018
— Zola mnyaka (@zee_mnyaka) August 20, 2018
#DearBody Today I take This Time To Embrace You.I Am Bronze Mixed with Gold. Thank You For Therapeutic Moments when I’m standing Naked In front Of A Mirror Adoring You With My Eyes. Even The Scars On My Legs they Complete The Poetry I Am. My Spirit Is At Home. @marieclaire_sa pic.twitter.com/kvk8droed2
— She Is. (@Azandamashenge) August 21, 2018
Sometimes called skinny🙁 but I appreciate you😍👑
☇😂the face wasn’t ready😂🙄 pic.twitter.com/pQ5FG2plNy
— Lindokuhle Ndawo👑 (@LindoNdawo) August 21, 2018
@marieclaire_sa #DearBody you are not broken beyond repairs. Yes you’re still undergoing excruciating pains, tolerating death spoken over you. Keep in mind that you’re not alone in this journey that demands a new you. Take what might seem ugly & make it beautiful & inspiring 🙏 pic.twitter.com/MXwiyTqIXv
— Influencer Connoisseur (@Madame_Blogger) August 20, 2018
— a fattie 💦💦 (@ngu_maxaba) August 20, 2018
Marie Claire’s 2018 #DearBody #NewNaked issue, in partnership with American Swiss, is on sale now.