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  • Vivian Graham

KATRI (3rd year)

"I took part in this project called “Get a crush on your body,” I think that's the translation. And the idea was that you would take a picture of yourself, showing your body. I thought this was an awesome initiative because I had started to get so anxious about my Instagram feed, because it felt toxic. I was tired of all these people pretending, or maybe they're not even pretending, but just unconsciously showing their best sides and then we’re not actually able to see the other side, the real you. It was just people behind filters and poses that make you look great. And I was like, well, that's not me, especially not in corona times, where I gained some weight for sure. So I don't know, I just got tired of it. I was like, if I’m not going to love my body right now, who will? I'm not going to be able to achieve the body I had when I was 16. I'm turning 23, that's not a combination that's gonna happen, I was a teenager back then. But social media also can have a positive influence and encourages that you should love yourself, and you should start very soon, because your body is going to change all the time. For example, every time I look at my old pictures I’m like, whoa, I looked so good! When in that moment, I had felt like my thighs were too big, or my stomach was too big, and I’m like, what the heck was I thinking? My body can do so many things. I can walk, I can run, I can swim, I can dance, I can speak and hear and taste and touch, which are not given to everyone, and this makes me want to just be grateful for my body. I think it’s important to talk about these things because there can be so much shame, and pressure to train more, to have a nicer looking butt and a six-pack and toned arms, so I think it’s nice to try to take some of that pressure off, and show normal bodies, and that people have stretch marks, and they have rolls and double chins and don’t wear makeup all the time." (Katri, 3rd year, Turku)

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