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What’s worse - being born into a system that makes you dislike your body or learning to dislike it over time?
To picture Marcia’s answer, imagine growing up in a world where your typical female insecurities didn’t exist. No hang-ups, no teenage bullying, no feeling insecure about your body. Sounds like a dream? Well, welcome to the first 20 years of Marcia’s life - before she started her career in modeling.
You always picture models as the prime example of utter beauty, confidence and hang-up-free lives. However, that’s not just quite how Marcia describes it. It took years of counseling and finally having a daughter to help her understand how gorgeous she actually was - and how little it mattered in the greater scheme of life.
This is her truth.
Discover Marcia’s story in the video below. (No time to watch videos? Find the entire transcript below.)
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My insecurities began when I was in my 20s, when I started modeling. I was thrown into this world where I didn’t really speak the language, trying to be this body that doesn’t exist. I’m not totally over it but, through counseling, I now know that I’m perfectly imperfect. It’s one thing I want my daughter to just not have: those feelings of imperfection that are just not right for women.
This is Marcia’s truth. What’s yours?
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Hi, I’m Marcia Williamson and I’m from Breese, Illinoi.
I lived in a total bubble, I mean, and it continues to be that bubble today, I mean, it’s just a it’s really not close to anything, so you just, people are very supportive in the community and it’s lovely.
I pretty much was ok within growing up, honestly my insecurities began when I started into this modeling career. The magazines started calling and the fashion shows and then all of a sudden, you know, I was thrown into this world were I really didn’t speak the language yet and had to work with other girls who some of them weren’t very nice and they were judgemental and, you know, you could see them laughing, you feel like they’re laughing at you.
The pressure of being, not just thin, but super thin and, you know, just trying to be this body that doesn’t exist. Your breast had to be a certain size, they wanted your hair to be a certain way and I just kinda feel like they didn’t really, back then, let women just be women.
What I found out in life was that, through counseling and talking to people and working through some of this issues, you know, I’m perfectly imperfect and when you come to that realization that, you know, you can let go of this weight that’s put on to you by society, your peers, etc.
You learn to, love yourself first, because that was the one thing I really wanted to be able to do because when you have kids, you really need to know how to love yourself first to be able to love them and to help them grow in a very positive strong way.
I’m not totally over it, I’m not saying that I’m there but I have the tools now, and it’s one thing I want my daughter to just not have the, these feelings of imperfection.
You just gonna have to find the things that you are that you do like about yourself and that helps and also just gratitude, just those initial meditational things like, what are you, what are you happy about, like what makes you happy or whatever. I’m in the age where I have friends with cancer, breast cancer, removal of their breasts and one has to be grateful. I’m grateful, I’m grateful for so many things.
My name is Marcia and this is my truth.