Body Warrior and The Beautiful Women Project

July 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

 

Nancy Bruno is an award winning documentary photographer who captures thirty-five women of all ages in a moment that shows what makes them beautiful in their present moment in Beautiful Women: Celebrating Beauty in Stories and Stills.   

 

What I love about myself: I love that after so many years of not being proud of myself because I was not proud of my body, that I recognize that what matters most is that when I look in the mirror I see someone that I am proud to be.  My biggest challenge in accepting my body and beauty:  That my body is perfect for me.  It is an honor, and a responsibility to love it, nourish it, and treat it with kindness and respect because it does so many wonderful things for me every moment of every day:  take in breath, walk down the hallway, taste wonderful food, see beautiful things, run, dial the telephone so I can talk to a friend, hear something funny so I can laugh…everything. 
 

 

 

My biggest support in learning to appreciate myself: my husband and sons.Beauty is:  The sum of your life experiences.
 Why I am strong:  The opportunities that have been placed in my path, especially the opportunities that at the time seemed to be difficult or unpleasant experiences.  I now recognize these were indeed opportunities to be myself and speak my truth.  In fact, they were equally as wonderful as any chance, break, or prospect that in life we normally associate with that term. 

Why I am beautiful:  To be honest, there are so many things that make me beautiful.  The easiest way for me to summarize by beauty is:   My Life + My Experiences = My Beauty. 
 
What women must know:   That your physical body is such a small part of your overall beauty and what defines you as a woman.  Beauty shines from within – it is how you meet your challenges and carry your life experiences that make you beautiful.   
 

 

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