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“I had no idea that my body would be quite like it did after having a baby. Nobody talks to you about it so I just wanted to be open about the fact that there are so many ways your body goes through a massive change,” she said.
Having grown her social media following by the time her second baby was born, Bhosale said that she felt that by sharing the pictures she had “a chance to make a difference and maybe help even one mum feel less alone.”
“It’s so important to talk about this, and to show that this is normal, and that women are incredible and not put even more pressure on ourselves,” she said.
Roller derby, a type of high-octane competitive contact speedskating that originated in the United States, is now taking the rest of the world by storm. Aggressive, fast-paced and often unnecessarily bloody, derby is ridiculously enjoyable to watch and even more fun to play. That said, it does have the gnarly side effect of rendering the people who play it black and blue sometimes.
An enigmatic artist who hails from Lapland in Finland, Riikka Hyvönen, has spent the last year collecting photographs of roller derby girls’ bottoms and converting the athletic injuries and bruises – which she calls ‘kisses’ – in giant pop artworks, some of which currently make up part of an exhibition at the Finnish institute in King Cross, London.
Inspired by the feminist, communal spirit of the sport her work says reflects the community, fragility and individual strength of the women who play it.
While some other sports require you to look a certain way, roller derby is for all shapes and sizes. It also caters for a range of ages, and a number of adult leagues now have junior teams for under-18s.
“Most sports are more suited to a certain shape of woman – for example, in netball it’s better to be tall. In roller derby there are roles for all body types, whether you’re tall, short, fat, thin – there’s a place for you on the team.” – Robyn, Croydon Roller Derby
Destiny Moreno, who is 17, drove to a Sally Beauty Supply near her Seattle home last September with a newly hatched plan. She peppered a grandmotherly employee with questions about hair bleaches, developers and dyes, and the woman asked matter-of-factly if she were coloring her hair.
“I was like, ‘Oh, I’m dyeing my armpit hair,’ ” Ms. Moreno said. “She stared at me shellshocked for five seconds, and then she started laughing and was laughing throughout the entire interaction.”
Every time I see a message telling me to embrace my body, my curves, my thighs, my arms, my stomach, or my chin, I feel worse about myself because I just can’t seem to do it. Every time I see photos of girls who are considered plus size showing their skin, I feel guilty for not being strong enough to flaunt my skin myself. Every time someone tells me I look good, to stop worrying, and to eat whatever I want because life is short, I feel like a bad feminist for focusing so much on my outward appearance. Sometimes, it feels like no matter what I do, I’ll still either hate my body, or hate myself for hating my body.