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Watch: One Woman’s Quest to Change What We Expect From Before/After Weight Loss Photos

Twelve months ago, an Australian woman named Taryn Brumfitt posted a nontraditional set of before and after photos. The "before" picture showed a very fit woman, all muscly and buff, at a bodybuilding competition; the "after" photo showed her happy and glowing, all soft curves, just after delivering a baby. The photos went viral. 

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"Many applauded me for my bravery in posting the 'after' shot however, many berated me for promoting obesity. There were others who labelled me a bad role model for my children," writes Brumfitt on the Kickstarter page for her forthcoming documentary about body acceptance. 

Brumfitt is now trying to raise $200,000 to finish her documentary, which explores the complicated and sometimes toxic relationships women have with their bodies.

She writes:

"Lose weight, reduce wrinkles, fight cellulite; we’re constantly told to fight a battle to be someone other than who we are.  

Excessive photoshopping, the sexualisation of women in the media and advertising campaigns that prey on women's insecurities – it’s no wonder there is a culture of body loathing and body shaming of epidemic proportions going on in the world."

Watch the trailer below and head over to the Embrace documentary Kickstarter page to learn more. 

[h/t Cosmo]