Like many women, sadly, Taryn Brumfitt was unhappy with what she saw when she looked in the mirror. She decided to work on changing her body. She took up women’s bodybuilding, and actually entered a competition — and it all went perfectly.
Except for one problem. Even with her new, slim, toned physique, this Australian photographer still felt insecure. Her body still wasn’t good enough. After Taryn Brumfitt had a baby, her baby girl Mikaela, and went through the same, common struggles most women experience in “bouncing back” to her pre-pregnancy form, she decided that what she needed was simple: liposuction on her belly and breast augmentation surgery.
But shortly before she was to go in for the operations, Taryn had an epiphany. If she hated her own body to the point where she felt the need to have it surgically altered, how could she ever teach Mikaela to love hers?
“I was presented with a fork in the road and I needed to choose which path I was going to take,” she wrote in her blog. “The decision wasn’t easy. I could go ahead and get the surgery done. I would have the body that I wanted but at what cost to Mikaela’s future? Or I could put Mikaela’s needs before my own and not go ahead with the surgery.
“I chose Mikaela.”
At that moment, Taryn Brumfitt made the conscious choice to love how she looked — and just as importantly, encourage other women to do the same. Her first step was to post her now-famous “Before and After” photo on Facebook. While the typical women’s “before and after” photo seen in advertising and magazines celebrates a journey of remarkable weight loss, Taryn Brumfitt proudly showcased her experience moving in the other direction.
This the “Before and After” photo that earned 3 million Facebook “likes.” But the photo also set off a controversy.
“Many applauded me for my bravery in posting the ‘after’ shot however, many berated me for promoting obesity,” Taryn later wrote. “There were others who labelled me a bad role model for my children.
“It got me thinking… the world has been brainwashed!”
Now Taryn, who created an organization she calls the Body Image Movement, wants to un-brainwash the world. She is producing a documentary titled Embrace. If you want to hear more about Taryn’s journey, check out her video, and visit her Kickstarter page to learn how to help Embrace become a reality.