Taryn spreads ‘love your body’ message
TARYN Brumfitt’s life has taken a couple of unexpected turns in recent years.
The former photographer and mother of three went viral on the internet in 2013 when she posted a before and after image of herself on Facebook in a bid to boost the self-confidence of a couple of mates.
The internet lit up to the “before” photo of her sporting a toned body in a bikini, next to a tasteful nude “after” photo of herself after she had given up the health kick and gained a few extra kilos.
Her point was that she was happier with her body and herself when the “after” photo was taken.
Now she is a documentary director and body image ambassador spreading stories of diverse, strong women and combating the “airbrushed” depiction of women.
Brumfitt spoke to Community Newspaper Group last week ahead of a sold out Q&A screening of her documentary, Embrace, in Leederville. Brumfitt said she went with the flow. “I never worked in the media; for 10 years I worked as a photographer,” she said.
“That’s where I came to embrace being creative and now I’m a director, apparently. “I’ve learnt to never say never.” Brumfitt said she could not sit idle once she realised she could help make a difference for others.
“I guess there’s been a certain sense of responsibility; when you learn something you know can help other people, you just have to do something with that information,” she said.
“And in terms of hating my body then learning to love my body, it was like winning the golden ticket. And so many people are looking everywhere but within to find that place of acceptance and unconditional love.”
Embrace is released August 4.
Embrace documentary filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt is in town for a Q&A screening.