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I'm Caitlin Israel, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup.
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FBFF: Is This Pose Awkward?

This week on FBFF, we’re talking about body image, which is something near and dear to my heart, seeing as how I believe every woman struggles at some point with her perception of her body. If you want to join Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, check out ModlyChic for more information.

1. Since you started blogging, has your image of yourself changed?

One of the best parts of having a blog is that it allows me to see myself away from the mirror. I’ve been able to see what truly looks good on me and what doesn’t. Now, when I’m shopping, I know what to avoid (which is great because it saves me money and saves my confidence).

2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it and talk about it anyway?

I tend to be self-conscious about the middle section of my body. I am definitely not one of those girls who has a six-pack, but I have learned how to camouflage and dress that part of my body so that I feel comfortable and confident every day. I’ve had to learn that not every style or trend will look good on my body, and that that’s okay.

3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?

Luckily, my mom raised me in such a way that I never felt bad about the way my body looked, and she was always very encouraging about that. I hope that I can continue to develop what she instilled in me at such a young age.

4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you’re having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision?

Well, my roommate photographs me for my blog typically. When I first began Re-Mix-Her in May, the photographing part of the blog was really awkward. Now that I’ve been doing this for almost a year, the awkwardness has gone, and I’ve become much more comfortable regarding what poses I choose and what I believe works best for me in a photograph. Usually, my roommate take 40-50 pictures of me, so I have the luxury of picking which photos are more flattering. But I’ve never not posted pictures because of how I feel about my body that day.

5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?

Dress for the body you have now because trying to wear too-tight jeans will always make you feel worse about yourself. And if a piece of clothing doesn’t fit on your body or look quite right, it’s not your fault and nothing is wrong with your body - it’s the piece of clothing. 

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