In 2013, when Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional “before” and “after (bearing three children)” photo it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. She was applauded by many for her bravery, and berated by others for “promoting obesity.” It inspired Taryn to go on a crusade to confront the culture of body loathing and body shaming that now stretches across the globe. Her journey toward personal self-acceptance and her mission to inspire it in others is chronicled in the new documentary Embrace.
“Lose weight, reduce wrinkles, fight cellulite; we’re constantly told to fight a battle to be someone other than who we are. Women and girls are constantly lead to believe they’re not as good as they should be. And why? Because every day they feel they’re being judged on their appearance and how far away it is from an unachievable ideal.” – Taryn Brumfitt
Described as “A funny, touching, at times gut wrenching but above all, life changing documentary,” at the heart of Embrace is Taryn’s story… “how she went from a body hater to a body lover.” And the subject matter the film tackles, which crosses borders and cultures, clearly resonates with a lot of people. Case in point, Embrace is the most successfully crowd funded documentary in Australia, reaching its target of $200,000 in just 12 days, and by the end of its campaign, receiving over $330,000 in pledges.