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Collaborating with inspiring and dynamic women is one of my life’s greatest joys. I love to surround myself with women who ooze authenticity, drive, generosity, and care for others. It’s why I am so in love with Jane Cay – founder of Birdsnest. I first connected with Jane in 2014, when she and her team generously contributed a whopping $8000 to the Embrace Kickstarter campaign. We exchanged a few emails and phone conversations and I immediately knew she was an incredible human being. When I met Jane in person, I remember it distinctly because it was Easter time and Jane and her family had travelled from Cooma in regional NSW to Adelaide to visit family. I remember sitting in my backyard having morning tea with Jane, her hubby and three...

The new year is a perfect time to evaluate what served you in the previous one and plan your attack for the one to come. However, before you get bogged down with ‘new year, new you’ messaging from just about every business on the planet, we’d like to set something straight. There is nothing wrong with who you currently are. We love that person, that person is perfect as they are, and our ‘new year’ wish for you is that you will embrace them too. In contrast to all those newsletters, TV segments, newspaper articles and social media posts, we’re here to tell you that you do not need to join a gym, lose weight, start eating ‘clean’, or sign your life away to be able to face the new year...

Shedding light on the global epidemic of body dissatisfaction in Embrace the documentary, and sharing my journey from body loather to body lover in my very first book Embrace, one question has constantly been asked of me from audiences and readers around the world… How do I embrace? Up until now, I’ve been so busy spreading the Body Image Movement’s message with the world that I haven’t had time to pass on to you that final piece of the puzzle. After seeing Embrace, I know you’re motivated to make a change in your life, and after reading my story, I know you’ve realised that if I can love my body, you can too… but how? Rewind to the part where I said, “up until now”, because I finally have the solution! Introducing the...

In 2017 I kicked off a speaking tour in Australia for Business Chicks and had the great pleasure of presenting in a very sunny Perth! After my talk, a woman came up to me and said, “I inject women’s faces with Botox for a living, and I love what you are doing!”. We hugged and had a very cool conversation about how even though our opinions of cosmetic surgery are very, very different, we agreed that we can both still be part of this body image movement. It reminded me of my interview on The Doctors. When I was sat next to the cosmetic surgeon, I think the producers thought we might battle it out somehow, but of course, we didn’t. I acknowledged that surgery has made a lot of...

The sheer number of people who cross our path here at the Body Image Movement continually blows me away. Just last week we had a reach on social media of over 6.4 million people. That is A LOT of people and whilst the Body Image Movement moves faster than ever – reaching more and more people worldwide – I thought it would be the perfect time to spotlight the tiny team behind the growing Body Image Movement. Yes, we are a tiny team. The round-the-clock social media content, kickass initiatives and programs, and our speedy email responses don’t come from a multi-level building with dozens of people, it comes from a single-room office from a single-digit team. From the Girls Night In and the Race to Embrace, we are in no...

What Age Can I Bring My Kids to see Embrace? This is a question that has been coming up quite a bit. There are some themes in Embrace that parents might see as unsuitable for their children. We fully appreciate that every child is unique and what might be appropriate for one child is not appropriate for another. With that in mind, I have outlined below the areas in Embrace that were mentioned in the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification’s report when giving the film an unrestricted M (mature) rating. Accompanied, are their reasonings of why these segments are justified within the overall context of the film. The film includes: A reasonable amount of non-sexual nudity This includes brief depictions of women’s breasts, buttocks and genital nudity in medical and natural...

It saddens me greatly to see people who are so intensely preoccupied with a dislike of their body based on their perception of how they look. Having worked as a clinical psychologist for a number of years now, I have never failed to be struck by the large numbers of clients who present to me with issues associated with poor body image and resultant low self-esteem. Men and women of all ages and those from differing social and cultural backgrounds are vulnerable to issues of negative body image. For so many people the size and shape of our bodies can become an intensely negative preoccupation. This preoccupation – or constant negative self-focus – has understandable consequences for our self-esteem, mood, relationships, confidence, and our general satisfaction with life. This includes our ability...