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.
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.