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TODAY   |  February 27, 2014

Woman’s tip for body insecurities: It’s OK to be different

A plus-size model, a massage therapist and a former professional squash player agree you should love your body, even if you’re heavier than you’d like. They also encourage women to stop criticizing each other.

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>>> been talking about our special series "love yourself," a look at how real women view their bodies. in a world of photo shop , nips and tucks, it is hard to be real about what we see in the mirror.

>> we sat down with three ladies, all of whom have conquered their own body image battles and found a way to love their selfies, like you will, after you see this.

>> i'm a perfect ten, thank you.

>> i have a favorite dress that is like a '40s, '50s style, i put it on and it is beautiful and i love myself in it.

>> there are things i love about my body. i love it is unique. i work hard to be an athlete. it is part of my history and still part of my body, which is awesome.

>> definitely growing up, i mean, kids are mean.

>> i just felt like i was surrounded by just the really thin thin, petite girls and that's what everyone wanted and that's what you should be.

>> one minute i was 8, then a 10 and then a 14.

>> a real paradox for me growing up, playing sports.

>> even though i was at peak fitness and felt great on court, i was unbelievably aware of the fact that my legs set me apart from other people and it wasn't considered conventionally beautiful.

>> it was always the super thin woman was the one that got the love interest . so i have to look like that to have the happy life .

>> we have all these false images of all these people put out in this world, like it is normal or like it is real or like it is natural. and it is not.

>> call jennifer aniston an athlete and she looks great. she's in incredible shape, but an athlete is a much more muscular person.

>> i definitely have those days where i'm, like, oh, i'm just so gross.

>> i'll catch sight of myself window shopping and see myself in my jeans and just think, oh, my gosh, like, that is not what other people look like.

>> the way you begin to start loving yourself and loving your body is being honest with yourself, with what size you are and what you wear and what you can fit and what you can't fit.

>> i found my body shape , i found my body style and when i do look through magazines, i can appreciate the fashion. i can look at it and say, that won't look good on me. but this one will. and i love me for that.

>> i do really, you know, have to remind myself that having large thighs and a large butt is not the worst thing on earth and it actually makes me different. and makes me better at the sport i love, and that is a really, really good thing.

>> we come in different shapes. we come in different sizes. we come in different colors. but at the end of the day , we're all women. we have to just, like, love who we are. and own it.