Since then Taryn has been approached by countless women who thanked her for her inspirational photo of her body self-love; she received over 7000 messages from people worldwide.
Taryn realised that there was a huge body hating epidemic and began her mission to change people’s opinions on body image and to help those who battle with their ongoing struggle of body loathing.
Unhappy with her body image after having her third child, Taryn even considered plastic surgery.
It wasn’t until she was about to go through the process that she had a huge realisation. What kind of message would this send to her young daughter who would be growing up in a world where the media tells us that we need to be thin to be beautiful?
So she cancelled her procedures and began her journey to become happy with the body she was given.
Taryn wanted to know what it would feel like to look her best and be at her peak fitness, so in 2012 she decided to start training which led to her entering a female body building competition.
This is where the before and after photo came to light; Taryn posted the photo of herself at the competition where she was super fit and toned as the ‘before’ alongside a picture of herself taken after she stopped training so hard and went back to being her normal self.
This was the start of Taryn’s journey from body hating to body loving and the beginning of her mission to globally inspire ‘everyBody’.
Her latest chapter is Embrace, her inspirational film in which she travels the world to explore the global issue of body loathing.
In the film she interviews Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jess Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); motivational speaker Turia Pitt and Australian model Stefanio Ferrario.
The film explores people’s opinions on body image and how they may have been personally effected, or how we are being affected by the external pressures in our society.
Taryn is one of the proactive people out there who wants to start the movement to encourage people to embrace their bodies and to love themselves for who they are.
It’s a truly moving and motivating film and I would recommend going to see it when it’s out in selected theatres from August 4.
After watching it I felt uplifted and happy because the key message she portrays is that we should learn to love ourselves a bit more and it was inspiring to see women of all different shapes and sizes boldly talking about their struggles with their image and how they learnt to love themselves. I’m definitely behind the movement and more people should be.
Thank you Taryn for sharing your journey and actively fighting for a change on body image.
You can read more about Taryn on her website here.