Bringing a child into the world is perhaps the most miraculous procedure we, as humans, can do.
But the hardships of bearing a child take a serious toll on the body and have led many women to feel uncomfortable in their own skin.
One of those women is Brenda DeRouen, a blogger from Texas who decided to recreate Kendall Jenner’s viral Calvin Klein underwear shoot in an attempt to give women more self-confidence and to persuade them to feel happier in their own skin.
After giving birth to her son eight years ago, Brenda battled with body issues which led her to hate her body.
Writing on her blog about her stretch marks, she wrote: “For years I dealt with not loving myself. I was self-conscious in relationships and I hated my body.”
But, as time has passed, Brenda became more confident and accepting of the changes which come with motherhood – so much so that she asked photographer Deun Ivory to help her recreate Kendall Jenner’s famous Calvin Klein underwear ad.
Here’s one of the many originals shots:
And here’s the recreation:
these last few days have been crazyyyyy! thank you guys for the endless love and support. every tag, comment, like, share and repost has helped this message (of self-love) reach so many people. so far – @_ohbrenda_ and I have been published in @huffingtonpost @huffpostuk @cosmopolitan, @glamourmag, @todayshow, @popsugar and other major online publications! we’re so thankful and in awe of how everything has taken a life of its own. stay faithful and remember why you started. #stretchmarks #postpregnancy #tigerstripes #calvinklein #inspiration #VSCO #bodypositivity #body #blackgirlmagic
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Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Brenda said:
The shoot had nothing to do with Kendall, and everything to do with me. I chose to pose in Calvin Klein underwear to send a message to women about self-acceptance and self-love. I wanted to celebrate the end of my body insecurities.
And she expanded on the matter on her blog, writing:
We all have flaws and insecurities. Yet, we continue to all allow the media to take the what’s ours and mold it into something that’s unrealistic. Your body is yours. You have to live with it, so get used to it.
Most pictures that you see nowadays are photo-shopped and edited.
Brenda’s blog is full of advice, not only to women, but to everybody.
Her main message is all about embracing what you’ve got and showing yourself the ‘love and attention you need’.
Never let anyone make you feel like your body is not worthy of appreciation.
Sexy, near naked, and provocative pictures flood our news feeds daily. They make other women who don’t look the same feel inadequate.
Well, here’s a different kind of provocative for your feed. Enjoy!