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9 People Pose Nude To Show What Body Diversity Really Looks Like

“There are still so many people out there who believe they don’t deserve to love themselves unless they look a certain way.” (NSFW, obviously.)

Canadian magazine Now Toronto just published its third annual Love Your Body issue, and the results are stunning.

Canadian magazine Now Toronto just published its third annual Love Your Body issue, and the results are stunning.

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The magazine asks Torontonians to strip down and tell their body stories. This year’s subjects include author and mom Catherine Hernandez, who reconnected with her body after being diagnosed with two chronic illnesses:

The magazine asks Torontonians to strip down and tell their body stories. This year's subjects include author and mom Catherine Hernandez, who reconnected with her body after being diagnosed with two chronic illnesses:

“During the height of my sickness, I would write love letters to my body and post them up… I would post them inside my washroom cupboard and look at them when I was coming out of the shower. When I had flare-ups, it was extremely painful to shower, so instead of being like, 'I'm in pain!' I kept on writing these letters, just continuously professing my love for my body.”

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Prince Amponsah, who was severely burned in a fire four years ago, and who recently returned to acting — after some reluctance:

Prince Amponsah, who was severely burned in a fire four years ago, and who recently returned to acting — after some reluctance:

“I couldn’t see myself going back to acting because I didn’t feel I had a place there. You don’t see a lot of people who look like me on the stage or on the screen, and sometimes you need those kinds of role models – to see yourself, to feel like you can be a part of it.”

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Heidi Hawkins, a voice-over actor who talked about breastfeeding and the pressures put on new mothers’ bodies:

Heidi Hawkins, a voice-over actor who talked about breastfeeding and the pressures put on new mothers' bodies:

“I wish, before I had a baby, I'd been more aware of how my body would change and how it was going to make me feel,” Hawkins said. “All you hear about is 'bouncing back.' In magazines you see a lot of retouched photos of people after they have kids, and it gives women a really unrealistic idea of what you're going to look like after you give birth.”

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