Joy Bryant is featured in the May 2010 issue of Harpers Bazaar in the nude as part of a “natural bodies” spread.
ON HER CHILDHOOD BODY: “It was not cool to be so skinny. My ‘best friend’ would tell me I looked like a boy. I wore my cousin’s hand-me-downs — who was a boy.”
ON HER BOARDING SCHOOL PEERS: “These girls were telling me my body was amazing, which made me feel okay. Some of them had eating disorders because of pressure from their own mothers to be thin.”
ON GAINING PEACE OF MIND: “I’m not 25. I’m 35. I’m 10 years heavier and I’m married. I’m not going to lie and say, ‘Oh, I’m so secure in who I am. I don’t let things bother me. There are times when we’re at our weakest. But maybe it’s not your body. It’s your mind playing tricks.”
HER MESSAGE: “Women are the harshest critics of other women. There needs to be a greater acceptance individually and collectively or nothing’s ever going to change. You’ll never be thin enough, blonde enough, black enough. So enough is enough.”
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