Why media by womxn for womxn matters

When I was younger, magazines like Vogue and Cosmo shaped the way I viewed myself as a little girl and young woman. Even though I rarely read them, seeing the airbrushed models on the covers of these magazines as my mom was checking out at Giant most certainly impacted my self esteem. I really wish that I had been exposed to more uplifting media back then. I wish even more that magazines and media companies like Make Muse existed at such a critical point in my life.

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How I learned to love my body again

I’ve never been particularly comfortable in my body. I was a pretty chubby kid when I was in elementary school. The other girls were thinner than me, while I was hitting 100 pounds in just 4th grade. I compared myself to them constantly. I got Lyme disease going into 7th grade and lost a crazy amount of weight, as the meds I was taking made me lose my appetite almost entirely.

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