We caught up with PHA beauty Rachel Peru following her recent appearance on Loose Women as part of the #MyBodyMyStory campaign. Here’s what she had to say:
How did you first get involved with the campaign?
Inspired by the Loose Women #MyBodyMyStory campaign Mya Fawcitt photographer from Silvery Moon Photography put a call out on Facebook for any willing volunteers to have their photographs taken wearing only their underwear to help promote body positivity. I volunteered immediately as I think it’s something that really needs to be encouraged more and having two teenage daughters of my own I can see how important it is that we try and challenge the medias portrayal of beauty. Women in today’s society are put under so much pressure from a young age to look a certain way when in fact we should be embracing our individuality and judging others a lot less.
Would you say that you’ve always had the confidence to do something like this?
I have always struggled with my body shape and particularly my chest size 34FF as I was always bigger than all my friends growing up which definitely knocked my self confidence. It wasn’t until I turned 40 that I began to accept and love myself and embrace my curves which I now love.
Can you tell us a bit more about the other women in the photo with you?
We are a mixed group of 12 women, some friends some complete strangers, ranging from 23 to 57, with a very mixed bag of body issues. The photographer Mya also did the shoot in her underwear so everyone was equal.
What have you been up to since shooting the Facebook campaign?
Since the shoot and sharing our photos on social media I have been live on Radio Leeds with Mya and Laura to talk about body positivity and then we got the call from the Loose Women team. I don’t think anyone involved had thought past the initial photo day so to then go on live TV in our underwear was a completely different level, however as we all now talk most days I can see the difference in confidence levels so everyone was happy to do it.
What was the highlight of your day on Loose Women?
We all had a fabulous day with Loose Women and I have to admit the glass of Prosecco prior to going on helped. The whole point of this was to remind women that we all have our own body stories and society’s perception of beauty needs to be challenged. The whole group came away from the studio feeling liberated and happy that they’ve got involved. The icing on the cake was the afternoon tea treat on a London tour bus where we relaxed, drank tea, Prosecco and ate lots of yummy cakes. I didn’t know any of these women before hand and they have become real friends and I have been completely inspired by them.
Love PHA x