Body Image Expert Gets A Lessons at the FKK Gathering

Guest website written by: Shaquoya Hemmans
Body Image Expert Learns About Body Image:
Living in a world where beauty is power, I have always had trouble finding myself in it. Always keeping up with the ever changing trends, spa treatments, and gym workouts is challenging and costly. All that in an effort for me to consistently be accepted and loved for the beauty ideals and attractiveness that was developed before I was born. Needless to say I ‘m not the only girl, only woman, trans woman, man or child who resides this cycle of ridiculousness.
My name is Shaquoya Hemmans. Feminist. Progressive. Strong willed. Strong. Woman. I work with girls and young women in the ages of 5-19 who have been sexually used. I run workshops to promote Healthy Body Image. I was encouraged to run a workshop at the Naturist Portal Assembly at Juniper Woods. At first, I was really nervous to accept. I have never been in an open space around unclothed individuals before, much less to be nude around people I did not understand.
The idea of letting them see my nude body, the body that I dressed and decorated for years, without my armour of attractiveness scared the shit out of me. How would they know how beautiful I can be without my long, lovely scarf blocking the perspective to my round gut? How to demonstrate my standing without my gold watch and studded dress? Who am I without the costume I worked to perfect for over 21 years? I ‘ve conducted workshops for over annually and a half, teaching others the best way to love themselves more, yet thinking of me being naked sent my self confidence crashing down. However , I love a challenge. I knew this could be a chance to do something I have never done before so I happily taken and made arrangements. I have never been more excited, scared, and nervous.

I arrived with a friend/ assistant to Juniper Woods with a packed bag for the night and my laptop with 3 hours of notes from the long drive to the resort. I needed to make sure I planned as much as possible for the new crowd of my workshop. I was greeted with smiles and bare skin. Everywhere looked was a naked bum, bare breast and genitals. Just as much as I enjoyed seeing, I understood that there were eyes on the young woman running the body image workshopstill covered with clothes. So for the benefit of keeping others comfortable, I got naked.
Body Image Specialist at Juniper Woods with FKK
N-A-K-E-D! I walked freely with the naked people. The individuals who would be considered odd or perverts. These “peculiar people” were more accepting than any “normal” judgmental people I’ve met before. They walked naked with no fancy scarf blocking their tummies. They walked unclothed with large visible scars, without makeup, without fancy jewelry, without judgment. It made it simpler for me to take my clothes off and get naked. To undress myself of the perfected costume, to leave my elaborate jewelry and status-telling ensemble behind for some good old human dialogue. At one point I looked at myself in the mirror. Analyzing my curves and defects, attempting to visualize what others see. Striving to comprehend why for so long I was concealing, ashamed of the body that cradles my soul. Who made me embarrassed? Who gave me the societal guideline that’s held me back from loving myself without all the shit attractiveness magazines offer to help “fix” ? Why did I ever believe this person, I, me, myself who I see staring back at me in the mirror was ever any less beautiful then what I saw for the reason that instant.
I got my notebook, tore all my planned notes from my novel, and got my pencil. I headed over to start my body image workshop.
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