Dodie and Hazel Hayes strip down to promote powerful message about body positivity

10 December 2018, 15:34

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Picture: Linda Blacker
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

"For far too long my body was a battleground, a place where I waged silent war against myself. Now it’s becoming a safe place for me to be."

Photographer Linda Blacker, who is known for creating stunning and creative portraits of YouTubers has teamed up with Dodie Clark and Hazel Hayes to share an important statement about body image and acceptance.

The two creators stripped down on Instagram for a series of photos shot by Linda, which she described as "stripped back". Makeup was provided by @amelialemoncat.

Alongside the photos, Dodie said:

"one bod some not very fancy underwear a mixture of positive and negative thoughts and feelings about this bod and also social media one talented photographer (@lindablacker ) (I wrote a giant post and sent it to my gal pals but they helped me realise that I personally can’t write anything about “body positivity” because I don’t think I’m quite there for myself yet. I can talk about body confidence though; and these pictures help with that for sure. Thank u Linda!)"

Hazel, meanwhile, said:

"Earlier this year I hit an all time low in terms of mental health. I felt like a prisoner inside my own body, caged in with my anxiety and depression and forced to fight them constantly. It was exhausting and I honestly didn’t know how much longer I could take it.

Therapy had helped but by no means fixed things. I was beginning to lose hope when, through a series of random, serendipitous events, I was finally, correctly diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPSTD) and introduced to a therapist who happens to be an expert in that field. I’ve been seeing her for around six months now and (as I keep saying to friends and family) I’m not out of the woods yet, but I have made incredible progress and I’m much more happy and hopeful than I was.

I’m working very hard to understand my emotions, thoughts, triggers and behaviour, and to approach them from a place of love and compassion. And one of the most wonderful side effects of this work has been understanding the physical side effects of trauma and reconnecting with my body again.

For far too long my body was a battleground, a place where I waged silent war against myself. Now it’s becoming a safe place for me to be. Somewhere calm and peaceful and comfortable. It feels like coming home."

Fans reacted very positively to the images

Fans were quick to applaud the pair for having the confidence to share these important messages, callng Dodie and Hazel 'inspirational'. There were also more heart eye emojis than you can physically count.

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Picture: Instagram: Dodie

It's nice to see creative people working to promote positive body confidence, especially on Instagram, a platform that has often been criticised for promoting unhealthy or unrealistic body images.