A little less than a week ago, Jasmine “Jazzy” Owens shared a simple photo of herself and her husband walking on the beach, holding hands. The caption though, was about body acceptance. Owens had finally learned to embrace the body that her “born fit” husband had loved since he met her.
Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll, and every stretch mark on my body. I never understood why! • How could he love something that isn’t “perfect”? How could a man who was “born fit” love someone like me! I don’t have a flat stomach, I jiggle when I walk, hell if I run up the stairs to fast my body claps (lmao)!! But now I see I do have the “perfect” body!! Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy!!! I love my body and I finally see why he does too!! • • Photo credit: @ryanwmedia • • • #effyourbeautystandards #effyourbodystandards #everyoneisbeautiful #tummylove #youarebeautiful #aspiringmodel #aspiringplussizemodel #celebratemysize #curvysensedoll #confidence #lovemybody #lovemybelly #loveyourbody #selflove #summerbody #bikini #bikinibody #bodylove #bodypositive #bodypositivity #womenofallsizes #support #love #positive #plussize #positivity #plussizegang #positivevibes #youarebeautiful
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The image and story behind it would eventually go viral, and now the 25-year-old is speaking to PEOPLE about what it took for her to change the way she views herself.
“Trying to change my mindset on what the ‘perfect body’ looks like has been a big factor in my journey,” she told the publication. “I am still not fully there. Some days I have doubts, but I feel as though that is just negativity and I’m trying to escape it. When I have these doubts, I simply look in the mirror and remind myself why I started this journey to love my body, and tell myself ‘You are beautiful!’”
Her message has touched quite a few people who love seeing true love, no matter the differences and difficulties, prevail. But Owens admits that the response has been quite a surprise for her.
“Honestly my post going viral has come as a complete shock to me,” Owens said. “It’s very exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I am just very humbled that my story is not only reaching so many, but also inspiring others to love their bodies no matter what shape and size they are.”
The post now has more than 73,000 likes after being shared everywhere, and a bevy of encouraging comments from a number of women and men.