A tour of my body

Jul 11, 2016

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to tonight’s Grand Tour! I hope you’re all excited, because what you’re about to witness is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Over the next half an hour, you will get a rare glimpse behind the Instagram filters and flattering poses, at a creature who has a natural habitat of blanket burritos. For one night only, we  have placed her in a well-lit arena for your viewing purposes, so that you can become acquainted with the body that stands before you. No enlarged pore or patch of cellulite will go amiss. Please keep your arms inside the cart at all times. Do not feed the Bethany, unless it is halloumi. 

This tour was brought to you by caffeine-fueled bravery.  

(FYI the words in italics totally need to be read in a ringmaster-esque voice. Are we on the same page? Cool.)

As we approach the Bethany, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the mass of curls on top of her head 
Ah, the hair. At times “curly” is probably a bit of a push, and “frizzy” would be substantially more accurate, but “Frizzy and Wordy” just doesn’t have the same ring, does it? I go through phases of attempting to tame it. I straighten it occasionally (and get a 10/10 arm workout in the process) and then try to re-curl it into beachy waves which Youtube tells me is very attainable. But most of the time, I like it how it is. Plus, it cushions my skull from any falling debris.

Getting closer, we can see a rare kind of eyebrow, that is not filled in 
Listen, my eyebrows are very rarely ‘fleeky’. I can’t be bothered to get them threaded so I pluck them myself, and I’m no MUA. I don’t understand how you people achieve a look that doesn’t act as a homage to the sharpie! On the plus side, I bloody love my eyes. They help me to do some of my favourite things, like read and watch Louis Theroux documentaries. I forgive them for getting infected on Christmas Day 2012.

And here, an interesting mark of beauty above the lips 
I never really understood why people called moles “beauty marks” growing up because I hated this little one I have above my lip. I thought it was the ugliest thing in the world. I even looked into mole removal and was willing to have a scar there instead. Now? I’m kind of chill about it. It didn’t ever do anything to me, so we made friends. My dad says it gives my face character. My boyfriend says it’s one of his favourite parts of me.

Also, this is where I get a little bit of a tache from time to time. Women have hair too, it’s okay.

Before us stands the perfect example of why you should scrub your back 
This was probably the photo I was most scared of sharing with you all because, damn, the bacne game has been pretty strong over the past few months. But hey, the whole point of this post was to be nakedly honest with you guys and give you a little taste of reality amongst all of the untold facetuning. So yeah, here’s my back in all of its glory. I don’t like it right now, but at least if someone’s bored I can provide them with a canvas for a game of dot to dot.

A totally normal pair of arms 
I have keratosis on the back of my arms, which is usually called ‘chicken skin’ and is basically a whole load of teeny tiny red bumps. I know a load of people that have it and it doesn’t really bother me. I’ve just accepted that my skin is a sensitive soul, hence the summers filled with heat rash that has also chosen these arms as a camping ground.

You may have to step closer to see the hands
My hands are very small. I can’t count how many rings have been lost over the years because even a ‘small’ is too small! But these are the fingers that let me talk to all of you. These hands are the hands that keep my little sister safe when we walk past a road. I love these hands.

Here we can see a patch of cellulite on the upper thighs
I gotta be honest with you guys, I mentally psyched myself up to talk to you all about the massive amount of cellulite I have on my thighs. But now that I’m looking through these pictures I’ve realised that that ‘massive amount of cellulite’ doesn’t exist. I mean, when I sit down and from certain angles, there’s definitely a little bit of bumpiness, but I don’t know how I convinced myself I was cellulite queen. I guess that’s proof that your brain lies to you sometimes. Either way, whether they’re photoshop smooth or not, these legs do the job they’re meant to do. For that, I am grateful.

And finally, the feet 
I feel like I couldn’t end this weird little tour without showing you my feet, even though I don’t have much to say about them. We haven’t had a particularly turbulent relationship in the past. I’m just grateful that they help me walk and do my morning yoga and whip out some extremely bad dance moves in the middle of clubs. They’re pretty rad if you ask me.

There you have it, chums: My whole body from messy curl to painted toe. I decided to do this post, against my every natural instinct, because social media and the world of blogging is pretty much solely populated by people’s bests. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking a selfie on a good makeup day as much as the next person. But I also know what it feels like to log onto Instagram on a bad makeup day or a bummy hair day or a ‘my vagina is bleeding’ day and feel shitty because you think that’s how people look 24/7.

Even if this post made you go “ew, I’m glad my back doesn’t look like that!” I’m happy. I really don’t mind as long as you know that you’re normal and insanely beautiful. Whether you do a blog post like this, share a no makeup selfie or just look in the mirror tomorrow morning and smile, please remember how lucky you are to have the body you’ve got.

  1. Anonymous

    July 11th, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Love this! You're so brave and beautiful. This whole post is so interesting and unique ❤

  2. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you so much, lovely. I'm glad you liked it xx

  3. Alicea

    July 11th, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Funnily enough, I didn't see your back and immediately think "ACNE". I saw it and thought wow what lovely beauty marks. (I'm one of those creatures that find a scattering of freckles and moles attractive.) It just goes to show that the things we dislike the most about ourselves someone else will find charming. For the record, I have my lack of chin but except for my mom no one else seems to notice it's missing.

  4. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    That was so lovely to read, thank you Alicea! You're absolutely beautiful xx

  5. Stephanie B

    July 11th, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    This is such a fun post! Lovely idea, and it reminds me of just appreciate our bodies. It's the only one we'll ever have! I think I might have to do my body tour post too 🙂 MsBubu

  6. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you, Stephanie! xx

  7. angelina

    July 12th, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Awh I thought this was the sweetest post, and I love how you wrote it too – it's so different from everything else I've read about body positivity. I rarely have great brows either, threading isn't cheap where I am!Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  8. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you so much, Angelina! xx

  9. May Cho

    July 12th, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Bethany, this is probably my favourite post from you so far. I think you are absolutely beautiful and wonderful for sharing this with us. Also ringmaster voice for days.MAY | http://WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

  10. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    MAY! Thank you so much, gorgeous xx

  11. Elizabeth Rose Hisle

    July 12th, 2016 at 10:47 am

    What a cool idea for a post! I wish everyone would get to learn/love their body… really, there is not a thing wrong with any of us. Also, keratosis, I had no idea that's what that was called, and I had no idea it was common. Definitely makes me feel better about having it!aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

  12. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm so glad I could shed some light on the keratosis thing 🙂 xx

  13. Nabeela S

    July 12th, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Such an original and comforting post! Thanks so much for sharing this. I really admire your bravery, I can imagine how difficult it must have been to put yourself out there in such a vulnerable way. Also, this is the first post I've read from you and I love your writing style. Hope you have a fab day!Nabeela xhttp://nabsticle.blogspot.co.uk/

  14. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you so much, Nabeela! I'm so glad you liked it xx

  15. Maru | Fashiony Fab

    July 12th, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Bethany, this is such an amazing post! Seriously, I wish more bloggers start posting real content. Social media and filters can play tricks on our minds and it's great to just be who you are. And it's also weird because I have the exact same beauty mark above my lip, which I also hated growing up and my dad used to sing me a song that is very popular here in Mexico, called "Cielito lindo" which mentions a beauty mark like this, so that made me love it, lol. I also have keratosis on the back on my arms, it's comforting to see I'm not the only one! PS. Your hair is beautiful 🙂

  16. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    The fact that your dad sung you that song is the sweetest thing ever. Thank you so much for the kind words, Maru xx

  17. Linda Libra Loca

    July 12th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Ringmaster voice is absolutely needed. That was an amazing and very entertaining post, and I didn't really notice the "flaws" you pointed out. I guess our brain really plays tricks on us.http://lindalibraloca.com

  18. BethanyAustin

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    It certainly does! Thank you so much, Linda xx

  19. Augustin Ra

    July 18th, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I really love the conclusion you've wrote Bethany! We should all be thankful of the numbers of possibilities our bodies can do. We're all blessed in every way. I just stalked you on your Instagram account and you're so pretty. I love your curls! How I wish I can carry my hair with confidence. It's not curly. It's a mix of wavy and straight (oh, I don't know, really). I have this love-hate relationship with my hair. Lol. :DAugustin Ra | Indie Spirit

  20. Renee Alexis Taladua

    July 19th, 2016 at 1:24 am

    This is a really great post, Beth. I love your natural curls and eyes and feet! I like the fact that you accept and love your body. Though I know sometimes you have body issues too, you don't seem to let the bad thoughts triumph. I hope I'd get the courage to do an honest post like this. I still have a ton of body issues and I'm slowly working my way to really loving all of them. It takes quite sometime to love the bod you have and I'm learning still. Cheers to body-loving! xx

  21. Erin

    November 20th, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Wow. Amazing post!"my skin is a sensitive soul" that is so beautiful. xx


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