September issues across all global titles are about peeling away old layers and ushering in a new, show-stopping, confidence-restoring fashion/beauty calendar. Marie Claire’s September issue is therefore right on beat with its 2018 #DearBody New Naked campaign, featuring local celebrities and influencers who have documented their self-love journeys in letters to their bodies, titled #DearBody.
Now, womxn on social media have penned their own #DearBody letters to their ‘homes’ and ‘temples’. These homes and temples are painted in different shades. Some have cobblestone driveways, others are smoothly paved with only a few cracks in between. There are a few which have permanent graffiti on the walls and several others have hooks on which beautiful, intricate ornaments can be hung. What all these homes have in common, is that they’re still works in progress and every now and then, they get reupholstered, renovated and remodelled to a unique kind of perfection.
These are the letters that captured this #DearBody sentiment in some of the most tear-jerking ways:
Accepting her, flaws and all
#DearBody im sorry for all the pain ive put you through all these years… Im sorry for not accepting you for you… Im sorry i didn’t see you’re popping and NOT for everyone’s.. I’M SORRY i compared u to others. I really love you and I’m learning to accept you.
— Martha 🥂 (@Martha_KingM2) August 19, 2018
Dear body…. I’m taking you to the gym a d feeding you healthy food because I love you, because I want to see your potential manifested. I’m changing you because I love you and I want you healthy so that you can continue housing my spirit and my soul. It’s been a great 27 years.
— Nthaby (@nthaby_cole) August 19, 2018
#Dearbody you have carried my 2 children, you take all the pressure and pain I put you through every day bt not once you have let me down just knw I appreciate you and stay strong
— Nana (@Nana34454231) August 19, 2018
Challenging society’s alienating beauty standards imposed on her
#DearBody They call us “FAT” we smile and laugh. They call us “SDUDLA” yet we smile and laugh why because we live in the world full of beauty we are created differently in God’s creation. Yes I am “FAT” But won’t stop me from being “PROUD PLUS SIZE Black Diamonds” @marieclaire_sa pic.twitter.com/tSdLKIGGbm
— Plus Size Black Diamonds (@plussizewomenSA) August 19, 2018
I am sorry for doubting your beauty and always questioning your strength, you have been a great help in bringing my star into this world and still managed to heal yourself.
To the world you may be full of flaws but to me you are amazing.
Love, your manager
— Memory Chabalala (@chabs23_memory) August 19, 2018
#DearBody I’ve been so hard on you,thinking you weren’t enough convinced that you were not attractive or beautiful. I want to apologise right now and say I appreciate you I’m sorry for not being kind to you. You are what I was given and I feel undeserving of such beauty. I❤you
— RecordingMisunderstood💽🌻 (@TweedieKing) August 19, 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
Ode to her resilience
I’ve binged u with various toxins(drugs,alcohol n perverse orgies), gave u less exercise yet u still kept me young
I promise to dress u like the palace for the emperor in me,to glorify God that dwells within
— #EmptyHellFillUpHeav (@SiwaphiweM) August 20, 2018
Dear body i hate you sooo much that i wish i was a size 32, but you have kept me alive for 30 years so thank you ❤
— Hazel Motlharo (@Hazeeybaby) August 19, 2018
#DearBody, Reccently found out that it is me who has hurt you by popping pills to make you smaller than you are. I’m ashamed. But I remain grateful that you are still here sticking with me when I’ve tried to make us smaller for the applause of others who love neither of us.
— Zamandlovu Ndlovu (@Ms_ZamaNdlovu) August 20, 2018
#DearBody, I put you through a lot….But DAMN girl, you’ve been loyal. You never fail me, you my ride or die literally. Lets continue this journey with its ups, down and dumps. I love you, I don’t show it sometimes, but I really do. Stay strong my vessel & carry me through ❤
— Sindi Dlomo (@Sindi_D) August 19, 2018
One can’t help but marvel at how much vulnerability and strength can be captured in a mere 280 characters. We applaud the womxn who have stripped bare to share insecurities others can relate to and, in doing so, tapped into a new-found confidence. If you would like to write a letter to your body, use the #DearBody hasthag on Twitter and Instagram and tag @marieclaire_sa / @marieclairesa