Here’s something not many people know about me. I’ve only just really begun mentioning it at all. I didn’t want people to judge me for it, to see me with new eyes and write me off as pathetic or roll their eyes and say “Typical!”
I struggled with an eating disorder for many years, from about thirteen to my early twenties.
I had so much hatred for myself, for my body.
I have dreamed of writing another ebook for ages. Since Happy Hair, really. A follow up. Like Happy Hair but for the whole body – two fingers up at a beauty industry that wants you to spend a tonne of money putting toxic crap on yourself and into the earth.
The book would be called Freedom Face, and it would be both a natural beauty recipe book and a manifesto about throwing off the shackles of the body-shaming, woman-hating beauty industry.
But I didn’t really feel qualified.
Weirdly, I didn’t feel qualified because of the way I conform to some of those beauty norms (white, skinny) and because of my body hatred history!
(I’d apologise for being confusing, but I tell myself that we are all this complicated sometimes!)
These days I feel like I have a level of self-love which means I can talk about lipstick and wrinkles without even a sprinkle of self-hate in there.
And I actually feel like being a proper loud mouth about it.
The traditional beauty industry is a shitstorm of self-hate and toxic ingredients and we need an organised resistance!
Want to join it?
You would be so welcome.
There are lots of ways for you to be apart of it, but here are a couple.
You might want to join the self-loving sisterhood which is a Facebook group of women who are interested in natural beauty and self-love. There are so many wise women in there with so many good ideas!
and on Valentines Day Freedom Face is out and there is a copy with your name on it! Show yourself some love and buy it! There are over 30,000 words of recipes, experiments and stories from the frontline of natural beauty. You can pre-order it right now on Amazon, but it will also be available in my e-store, alongside some cool support packages too.
Please do join me for a Freedom Face Facebook LIVE at 9PM British time on Valentines Day/ 10AM NZ the day after Valentines! Ask any questions you want addressed in the comments right here on the blog.
And finally, here is a new video I just filmed today when we all got nude and swam in the river. Take all your clothes off and love the skin you’re in!