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The summer is fast-underway and Wear Your Voice feels like it’s the perfect time to launch our self-loving summer campaign: #DropTheTowel. This is a movement for all body shapes, sizes, colors, and genders to proudly proclaim that they are done hiding their already beautiful beach/pool/lake or otherwise summer body – and are ready to lose that cover-up and drop the towel! Trust us, collectively we understand how difficult it can be at any size when facing unrealistic societal norms, however, together we are taking a stand against this body shaming act of hiding by reminding you that yours is perfect exactly as it already is – and deserves to be free and frolicking all summer long!

If you would like to participate, email us at ravneet@wyvmag.com!

 

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(Photoshoot Creative Director: Senior Columnist Rachel Otis, pictured above, chose her #FuckFatPhobia framework for our launch-off shoot. Photographer in charge of this shoot is Suma Jane Dark – whose work can be found on her Tumblr/Facebook/Instagram. Make-up and Hair Artist by the talented Bernadette Rose. Stylist for shoot,  fellow WYV writer Laurel Dickman) 

 

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Don’t forget to join our summer self-love movement and start using #DropTheTowel now by sharing your photos on social media!

 

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Being raised in New England, the west coast has always felt like a breath of progressive, laid-back, open-minded, fashion-forward air to my free-spirited soul, which is what drew me to California. Escaping the more cookie-cutter traditional white picket fence life, has led me on an adventurous journey toward self-love and acceptance, and ultimately body positivity! I am in Oakland, because I moved to the Bay Area for graduate school to become a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and after exploring different city options, I discovered that the eclectic, unique, and honest vibe of Oakland resonated with my funky spirit and style! My role in WYV as Senior Columnist is producing weekly articles on Body Positive Fashion, Fat Acceptance, and many of my other passions such as social justice, childcare, and chronic illness advocacy. Of course I'm constantly being inspired by my very diverse (fashionably and otherwise) Oakland peers, local business owners, and fat/body positive activists! Come follow my photographic adventures on my instagram: @somewhere_under_the_rainbow

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