Taryn Brumfitt is an inspirational South Australian, she is a writer, filmmaker and the person behind Body Image Movement.
According to a study, 70 per cent of Australian children consider body image to be their number one issue, so Erin and Soda caught up with Taryn to get her thoughts and advice.
With the rise of social media, it’s easy to place blame on platforms like Instagram for the change in the way kids think about their bodies, but according to Taryn, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a bad thing in your kids lives.
“I think social media can be good and it can be bad. It can spread a good message, and then we’ve got some really questionable role models,” Taryn told Erin and Soda.
“We really need to help our kids understand who they’re following and the reasons why.”
“It’s got to be more than just, I don’t know, she’s got a good bum or she’s got nice lips or whatever people are following people for.”
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If you are an influencer or celebrity and truly believe in celebrating and promoting body positivity, simply include a clause in your commercial contracts that states your images cannot be retouched. That means the pimple stays, so does the cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles too. How easy is that? Don't tell me it can't be done because it can, it's easy, it's your life, you're running the show not your agents, lawyers or managers. The buck stops with you – so make it happen, because it will help many people to see the real deal! See my No Photo Editing Policy below and please share in the comments your thoughts on celebs and influencers enforcing these standards. Taryn Brumfitt – No Photo Editing Policy Taryn Brumfitt has a strict no photo editing policy. Under no circumstance is Taryn, as the subject of a photograph or video, permitted to be manipulated, transformed, altered, enhanced or distorted. Please refer to the guidelines below for clarification on what constitutes unacceptable editing. No alterations to the body or facial structure No photo manipulation to alter the subjects appearance or change features such as body shape, size or proportions, hair colour, eye colour or brightness. No alterations to skin including removing blemishes, freckles, uneven skin, wrinkles or birthmarks, or changes to the texture, colour or complexion of the skin. Happy days Taryn Brumfitt x ps Thanks @fernwoodfitness for leading the way and having me on the cover of your magazine – retouch free… just the way we like it! x
“Your body is not an ornament, it is the vehicle in life. And when I got to having that perfect bikini body, I was miserable, because I couldn’t eat what I wanted to eat.”
“We need to just take stock and go ‘what feels good?’ Start moving your body for pleasure, not punishment.”
When it comes to leading by example, and changing the way kids think about bodies Taryn had some potentially uncomfortable advice.
“I get naked a lot in my house and my son’s now 13, so now it’s like, he’s sort of cringing in the corner. But, I need them all to understand that it’s just a body, it’s just a vehicle.”
“We are the kings and queens to our kids, they absorb everything we say and do.”
Hear the full interview with Taryn here: