Today the pride organisation, National Student Pride, is announcing how they’ll be empowering young LGBT+ people to love how you look at our February 10th event. They’ll be holding an open mic session on body confidence at their event this weekend. It has guest speakers including gay singer Calum Scott, ITV’s Dr Ranj Singh, Plus size model Aliss Bonython and non-binary YouTuber Roly Ungashaa talking about how they feel about their bodies.
In the video, the five brave students get down to their underwear – in a very safe for work way – to talk about their bodies. Its awkward and difficult as you watch them struggle, before ultimately feeling empowered by their bodies. And it might leave you feeling different about how you look in the mirror.
Charlie Ann Mathers who took part in the video was terrified, but says: ‘it’s quite nerve wracking standing in front of a camera rig, lights and a group of people that have never seen you in less than a woolly jumper.
‘But, it was honestly one of The Most Liberating things I have ever done. By the end of it is was dancing around in my pants, and there were even some happy tears.’
Corry Wiseman found describing his favourite body part, which all the interviewees were asked, liberating:
‘The thing that I like the most about my body is my collarbones. I’ve said it a million times before, there is no explanation to why I like my collarbones.’
He used to be ‘obsessed’ about his body weight, but says he was able to overcome this by ‘exposure therapy:’
‘Whenever I got out the shower or in my boxers in front of a mirror, I’ll just look at myself. And accept that what I see is me, and I’ve got to love it. You can’t spend your whole life hating something that you can’t really change. Your body is malleable to a degree, but fundamentally it’s not gonna change. So, you just gotta get used to it and enjoy what you see in front of the mirror. The only way to do that is to look at it and realise, this is me and I love it regardless of how it looks.’