Monday, September 3, 2018

Michael's thoughts on his body image

Below are the thoughts from Michael, a fellow photographer.  He does beautiful work, if you have not checked his Instagram out as of yet, I would highly recommend it.  @bukrabaphotography

Age? 49

Stats? 6', 160

What age did you start having body image issues? teens. I had thyroid issues and couldn't put on weight to save my life.

What age did you really start loving your body? 30's
What caused you to ever have doubts about the way your body looked? I wanted the classic HS athletic build.

Are you comfortable being nude in front of others? Ie lockerrom, bedroom, etc  Now? Yes.

What does body positivity mean to you? Being comfortable in the body that you're in assuming you are healthy. If no, then working toward health and proud of the journey you're on, including the body you're in.

What is your favorite body part? That's hard...Shoulders, maybe?

What is your least favorite body part? Can't think of one, to be honest.

What do you love most about your body? That it's working fairly well! 

What would you like to improve about your body? I wouldn't mind being more toned, but I'm also not willing to put the work into it, so I'm pretty satisfied.

What is special about your body? Not too much. Just a body. It's mine, though.

What do you do to make yourself feel better about yourself? Usually, go for a hike or a photo shoot.

How often are you naked just because? Whenever I can be. Don't much like clothes.

How often do you check yourself out? Rarely.

What do you find attractive physically in a potential mate? I love darker hair and eyes. Body hair is good, too (not a fan of shaving the body).

Have you always had positive thoughts about your body? No.

What do you tell yourself when you aren’t feeling so positive about your body? Shrug, mostly, knowing that it will pass.

Has there been anyone in your life that you’ve modeled your body positivity after? Not that I can think of, no.

When do you feel most confident about how your body looks? Not sure.

What’s your favorite outfit that makes you feel your hottest? Hot? I've never defined myself as hot. I do like wearing a shirt and tie, though.

When is a time that you’ve felt the best about your body? Can't think of a specific time.

Who makes you feel the most sexy? Don't usually feel terribly sexy.

Is there a time of year that you feel most sexy? Not particularly.

What male celebrity do you think has the best body/body positivity? Hm. Hadn't considered. Not sure. Probably one of the guys in the superhero movies, though.

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