By: Allison Annala, Regular Contributor
Yeah, you read the title correctly. I’m 28 years old, and I just bought a crop. Okay, so in full disclosure, I was reluctant to try on the aforementioned garment. I’ve always been a more conservative individual when it comes to clothing. I’ve never felt 100% comfortable with my body. You see, I struggled for years with an eating disorder, so huge basketball shorts and massive hooded sweatshirts were plentiful in my closet. Short shorts and low cut shirts were not.
I wasn’t having a particularly great day with body image when my best friend threw the shirt at me as I modeled a pair of pants in the dressing room. “This would be so cute!” she said! I laughed it off for a moment, before she waved it in my face a second time. I relented, realizing that she was not about to surrender this battle.
I took a breath. Normally, I would never agree to try something on like this. Not because I don’t approve of crop tops… because I think that they are adorable on other people… but because I never imagined I would be adorable in one.
But why shouldn’t I be adorable in it? It’s remarkable how much credit I give others for being confident and bold and truly being themselves. Why did I have to be so insecure with my own body?
As I modeled the shirt and pants, mid-drift exposed, I felt an overwhelming sense of confidence. My friend hooted at me and told me how adorable I looked. As silly as that sounds, the approval meant everything and gave me an extra little boost of encouragement. That got me thinking though.
Why did I need someone else to tell me that I looked good in this shirt before I believed it myself, and how on earth am I supposed to empower other girls to have confidence in themselves if I can’t have it in myself?
My job involves me influencing and empowering girls and women of all ages. It was in that moment that I realized that if I can’t walk the walk, there’s no way I should be talking the talk.
So yes, I bought that adorable crop top, and I plan to rock it. I plan to rock it at the beach, picnics, and family gatherings. I promise to never limit myself based on insecurities ever again, and I challenge you to rock something that makes you feel vulnerable. Maybe it’s wearing a crop top, maybe it’s singing in public… whatever your insecurity may be, don’t give it the power to inhibit your life. You are a badass and you deserve to rock life!
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A gymnast since age 4, Allison uses the life lessons learned through the sport to help young women discover their greatness! She is a huge advocate for girls and women, particularly when it comes to body image and self-worth! Along with coaching, Allison now teaches at her Alma Matter, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She loves sharing her passion for gymnastics with women of all ages and her passion for life and love on her blog www.allison-lifeisbeautiful.blogspot.com. She is so thrilled to be an advocate for IATG and can’t wait to help inspire women all over the world!
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