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My Story From Body Loather To Body Lover.
By Taryn Brumfitt.

With over 60,000 followers on Facebook, 3.6 million clicks on her “before and after” image and over 7 million views of her Kickstarter video campaign that raised over $300,000 within 55 days (and incidentally is Australia’s most successful crowd-funded documentary to date) – this Adelaide mother of three is changing the world one “body loather” at a time – this is Taryn Brumfitt’s story.

In 2012, while contemplating her impending plastic surgery in attaining the “perfect body”, Taryn Brumfitt had an epiphany: “If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How will I teach her to love her body? How am I going to encourage her to accept and love her body, when I am standing in front of her with a surgically enhanced body? What type of hypocrite or mother would I be?” With the decision to cancel her surgery firmly in place, Brumfitt was still left with the daunting awareness that she was stuck in a body that she detested. She was at rock bottom, hating her body more than ever. Then a thought occurred, “What if I could live happily with my body?” – this would be the question that propelled Brumfitt to embark on a world-changing journey.

Now, for the first time, sharing her life story and providing an important message for mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, Brumfitt is releasing a tell all book, Embrace, which raises important questions about the pressures society puts on women to conform to a certain body shape, and asks what we can do to prevent this having a negative effect on the next generation: “We live in a beauty-obsessed society, and we’ve been preyed upon and reprogrammed by the diet and beauty industry to want to be something other than what we are.” – Taryn Brumfitt

Embrace offers a warm, frank and funny account, of Brumfitt’s journey from self-loathing, to being a freethinking exponent on the value and power of a positive body image. Along with her first book, Brumfitt is set to produce a documentary that sees this message transforming the world. Receiving international attention, Brumfitt’s Kickstarter campaign to raise $200,000 in 55 days was backed with the support from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Ashton Kutcher, Zooey Deschanel, Ricki Lake, Perez Hilton, Amanda de Cadenet and Rosie O’Donnell resulting in her reaching over $330,000 to date. Brumfitt has found herself at the forefront of the media, appearing on The Today Show, Sunrise, Studio 10, as well as Good Morning America and the U.K’s Huffington Post. Additionally, she has been interviewed by media from over 50 countries around the globe including Germany, Kuwait, Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil and Finland to name a few!


Taryn Brumfitt, on the surface a happily married woman, the mother of three young children and running a successful photography business, was privately struggling with crippling body image issues. Close to resorting to cosmetic surgery to ‘fix’ her post-childbirth body, Brumfitt instead decided that what she needed to do was fix her emotional wellbeing. This was the beginning of the Body Image Movement, now an internationally recognised influence in challenging the objectification of women’s bodies. Brumfitt has travelled the world speaking on how to facilitate a global movement that teaches women the power of loving their body from the inside out. Her images and blogs have been shared internationally and seen by over 100 million people, and she has received supportive coverage for the Body Image Movement across several media platforms around the world. Brumfitt is now filming a documentary, Embrace and delivering her seminar ‘Developing Daughters, Supporting Sons’ across Australia.

Embrace is available now.

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