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Yet doing a boudoir shoot is a whole different experience. You are more exposed than ever before. My breasts, stretch marks, love handles, freckles were all out for the first time to my photographer, makeup artist, and others in the room. Even though I was in high-waisted denim, my boobs were out for most of the shoot when I wasn’t in a revealing lace or nude bra that my nipples peeked out of.
I felt a little self-conscious in the beginning. It can feel like you're under a magnifying glass, yet once the first 20 minutes pass you begin to feel a different type of body acceptance. It’s the one that will really free you. It’s the one where you say, “Hey world, I don’t fall under your ideal of perfect body, but I’m still perfect." And like Salma Hayek once said about her stretch marks — and I never forgot because I earned mine, too — "Your body is not ruined. You’re a goddamn tiger who earned her stripes.” Hell yeah! Embrace your body girls — love it and it will love you back.
Annie Vazquez is a Founding Creator and fashion blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala.com,you can find her at thefashionpoet.com.