I've recently been thinking about the topic of body shaming due to some recent events in my life, and I wanted to share this with Iwaku to see how everyone else feels about it. Apparently there are people who are attempting to blackmail me over some pictures on the internet right now (not on Iwaku). I'm putting this out there to not only share, but empower anyone else who might have ever gone through this. 1) These are pictures I took for fun, if you've never done that before then you are lying to everyone and yourself. When you go ...through a change like I have, it feels really good to see yourself like that and it's a confidence booster to see yourself like that, especially after feeling as if you had lost a part of your sexuality due to depression and obesity. 2) I never intended for those photos to be public, but photobucket backed up to the internet from my phone. Internet/ technology snafoo, what can I say? It happens. I deleted them as soon as it came to my attention that they were there because I felt embarrassed. Now that people are actually threatening me with them, I've been brought to #3. 3) I will NEVER be ashamed of myself or of my body. People can say what they want or do what they want, but I will never put myself down over my own self confidence or my own beauty. The fact that these individuals are attempting to blackmail me or shake me up is the most pathetic thing i've ever encountered from another human being. I would like to actually thank these people for being horrendous human beings because all they're doing is empowering me. 4) It's a hand-bra pictures, I've seen worse things in pg-13 movies. Grow the hell up and get over it. To anyone that this might offend, I am not going to apologize. My body is beautiful and glorious and I will not allow myself to feel one ounce of shame for having fun and taking pictures of myself for my own benefit. I do regret that they were leaked to the internet, but I do not regret taking them. Those pictures push my progress to new heights. I'm only going to get better and better from here. To those who have ever been forced to be ashamed or scared or uncomfortable with your own body, I can only say: YOU ARE GORGEOUS AND NEVER LET ANYONE ELSE DICTATE YOUR OWN SELF WORTH.