Body Image and Summer

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives. We hope you can use their post to start a conversation with your adolescent.

As the warm weather approaches, my social media feed goes straight to summer clothes and swimsuits. Stores become filled with tanktops and shorts and all I can think about is how I don’t want to see myself in any of them.

Body image is something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. I was always bigger than my friends, and things never fit me consistently. I was always varying in sizes, whether it be a number or a letter size. This year though, I’ve challenged my thoughts. I’ve always thought that if I didn’t look a certain way, that I couldn’t wear certain things. I’ve recently bought clothes I would never see myself in, and didn’t care what the number of the size said on the tag. It feels great.

While I’m on my journey of self-confidence and body image, it feels great to feel good in the clothes I put on my body. I guess what to take out of this story is to give yourself a chance to try things you’ve never worn before. Take a step out of your fashion comfort zone, you never know what you’ll love!

Have you ever encouraged your child to venture out of their comfort zone? What kind of your conversations have you given or had if they are resistant?

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