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Like many of us, body shaming was a part of my upbringing. I scoffed at my chubby thighs and prayed for a flat stomach as a child. I watched my parents and relatives judge others for their weight or clothing choices. I cowered as family members and peers made flagrant judgments about my body and overall appearance.

I absorbed images from TV and film about what was desirable and acceptable, which I concluded was not me. And then I went on to make judgments about people’s bodies (in my head and out loud) due to my own insecurities.

This clearly…

Ashley R Brown

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