After childbirth, Taryn Brumfitt was confronted with an overwhelming negative perception of her own body. She was considering plastic surgery when she had her “body image epiphany” whilst watching her daughter play: how could she teach her daughter to love her body, if she couldn’t love her own? As an experiment, Taryn undertook a 15-week bodybuilder transformation program and achieved what she had envisaged as her “perfect body”. But she still wasn’t happy. With this, she realised her body image really had nothing to do with her body. It was her mindset which needed to change in order for her to be truly at peace with her body.
Several months after abandoning her strict diet and training regime she shared her realisation by bravely posting two photos; one showing Taryn in the peak of her fitness standing on stage at her body building competition, beside an image of her sitting naked, noticeably different and yet unmistakably confident and content. She captioned it: “Here is my non-traditional before and after photo”. Within two weeks, her simple message had gone viral worldwide.
The more Taryn spoke with the media about the issue of body image, the more restless she became with the 4-minute interviews which oversimplified what she knew was a much bigger issue. This was when she decided to start the Body Image Movement and make her own documentary in an effort to encourage women and girls across the globe to “embrace” the beauty of their own bodies.
Taryn recognised that the greatest perpetuator of this global issue was its silence: millions of women struggle everyday with their own private body image battles feeling that they need to conform to a societal ‘norm’ when in fact they are a part of the ‘imperfect’ majority. She recognised that there needed to be a voice to combat that of the mass media’s unrealistic portrayal of beauty. Taryn is now an internationally recognised advocate for women’s body image issues and we’re delighted to help her continue her campaign, back where it all started in her home town of Adelaide.
Tickets are selling fast – don’t miss your chance to see Taryn on stage at TEDxAdelaide 2016: Metamorphosis.