DARE TO BARE one in­spi­ra­tional WW group shed their clothes for char­ity

WHEN AN IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL GROUP OF WW MEM­BERS AND COACHES STRIPPED DOWN TO THEIR UN­DER­WEAR TO RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE, THEY HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW POW­ER­FUL THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE WOULD BE.

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When Ade­laide-based WW Coach Abby Cox stood up in front of her mem­bers and sug­gested they all get their kit off for a photo shoot, she wasn’t sure what sort of re­ac­tion she’d get.

“I’d watched body im­age ac­tivist Taryn Brum­fitt’s doc­u­men­tary, Em­brace, and was so moved and in­spired by it,” says Abby. “It changed the way I looked at and thought about my body, and helped me re­alise that, par­tic­u­larly af­ter car­ry­ing and giv­ing birth to three chil­dren, it was a ve­hi­cle that de­served to be treated well, rather than be­ing pun­ished for not look­ing a cer­tain way, some­thing I’d done in the past.

“At the end of the film, when a bunch of women came to­gether to have their photo taken in their un­der­wear, I cried. I imag­ined how lib­er­at­ing it must have been.”

Abby de­cided to or­gan­ise a photo shoot to raise funds for Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia (BCNA). “When I asked WW mem­bers and Coaches to join me, the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing.”

Moira Ocean was one of the mem­bers who took part. “For years, I haven’t worn sleeve­less dresses and I’d rarely let my hus­band see me in my un­der­wear,” she says. “So when we got down to Port Wil­lunga Beach at the be­gin­ning of April, and it was 12°C, I was anx­ious! But the minute I took my clothes off, I couldn’t stop laugh­ing – none of us could. It was a won­der­ful feel­ing and I de­cided from now on, I’ll wear what I want. You have to love your­self as you are.”

It’s a mes­sage that ap­plies to women and men, which is why Stu­art Thomp­son took part. “Plus, we were rais­ing money for a re­ally im­por­tant cause,” he says.

The shoot raised more than $1000 for BCNA and Abby plans to make it an an­nual event. “I wasn’t pre­pared for how emo­tional the ex­pe­ri­ence would be. Happy, lib­er­at­ing, free­ing – it was all of those things.

“You could al­most see peo­ple’s fears be­ing shed with ev­ery layer of cloth­ing they re­moved. We all de­serve to feel con­fi­dent in our own skins. It’s about treat­ing your body with the re­spect it de­serves.” #

WW mem­bers, in­clud­ing Stu­art Thomp­son (left), Moira Ocean (mid­dle, wear­ing a sin­glet and briefs) and or­gan­iser Abby Cox (sixth from right), bar­ing (al­most) all for char­ity.

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