TV host Franchesca Ramsey says she now jokes about the "big boob."
Enough! At WH, the only opinion we want to hear about a woman's body is from the owner of that body.
So we passed the pic to eight provocative public figures, from actresses and athletes to a body-positive model and singer.
We simply gave them one prompt and then pressed record: "My naked body is..."
"My naked body is... a place I'm newly comfortable with. When I was younger, I thought I was the only person on earth with lopsided breasts—they're both a B, but one's smaller. It was this devastating thing, this thing I was so broken up about and didn't talk to anyone about. When I was 16, I put together a list of pros and cons for my mother about why I should get a boob job. I was like, 'It's not going to be as expensive because I'm only going to get one done!' My mom was like, 'Absolutely not.' She bought me a fake boob insert to put in my bra, and I was always afraid people would know that I had it. I remember one time hooking up with a guy, trying to direct his focus to the bigger boob, and thinking, I have to slip this fake boob into my purse somehow!
"In acting school, we had to write stories about ourselves and our bodies, and it was the first time I talked about having lopsided boobs. I was so nervous, but so many girls were like, 'Oh my god, me too!' I was like, 'How cool that talking about your own body insecurities can help yourself but also help other people.' I knew then I had to start being nicer to myself. I realized it was a lot more work to be negative and talk down to myself, and I didn't even get anything out of it. All that inspired me to get into fitness.
"I enjoy working out because I struggle with anxiety, and exercise has been a great way for me to combat that. Now I can joke about my boobs. My husband and I talk about 'the big boob' all the time. Sometimes I wish I could go back and talk to the younger Franchesca and tell her it's really not a big deal, and that it will be fine and you are going to be at a place where you feel really good about your body—it's just going to take some time."
Franchesca Ramsey is the host of MTV's Decoded. She's also developing a pilot for Comedy Central and is working on a book, a collection of personal stories and advice.
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Women's Health.
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