The Body Book and My Boobs

As some of you may know, I do have some opinions on body image and have shared my own challenges over the years with my relationship to my own body. My friend Cameron Diaz published The Body Book last month and asked me to contribute a video to her site. I decided to talk about my boobs, and if you want to hear what I had to say, please watch the video. Of course I would love to hear from you in the comments section about any body image challenge you have either overcome or are still struggling with.

Here’s to loving all the parts of ourselves, even the ones we wish were a little different!


  • InspiredbyGratitude

    I absolutely loved this segment Amanda, thank you for sharing. I have had an interesting relationship with my breast. I call them affecionately my little lemons and love when my period comes because they swell up a bit and almost become a full cup! There were days where I wonder if I would get a boob job and would probably love to have half of your size; I even grew up with a mother who encourage me to get implants. I was always in this limbo of if only my boobs were bigger but at least I have a butt. However, as a yoga teacher, I’m constantly in conversation with myself that this is my body and it’s the card I was dealt; I opted for lasik eye surgery instead;) I can see my boobs clearer, and I’ve learned to wear shirts that compliment my little ones. About a couple of years ago I had a breast cancer scare and I swore to myself that I would never complain about my breast again. Last year, I also dated a guy briefly who really enjoyed my small breasts. It truly changed my perspective. The funny part is that I’ll tell my friends I wish I had their boobs to fill out my shirt and a girlfriend of mine will say, I wish I was smaller to be able to wear your shirt! I do believe if you feel surgery is what you need, then go for it. But time has shown me that loving all your parts, the way you are is the only thing you really need.

  • Jen18hoff

    I can honestly say I don’t remember a time when I haven’t judged the body in the mirror and I look forward to the day when I can just be cool with myself and I’m working on it. Reading things like this help though. We are all fabulous …no matter what our jean, bra, or dress size reads:)

  • CrisTina Scordo

    Let’s see. How do I explain this? Mine are two different sizes. But I guess nobody can tell just by looking at me, but I can. I am a 36 B. But one points up and one points down. Plus I have a tube that passes through the left one and it’s painful underneath. (I have hydrocephalus) No matter what bra you invent, I can’t wear it unless it’s made of cotton on the lower left breast. . . . Plus the right side is more sensative than the left. But my whole body is like that split down the middle do to a stroke. (My right side is thinner & weaker & my left side is strong & bigger. But you can’t tell unless you’re a Dr. I can tell just because I’ve lived with it my whole life.) So, that’s my issue.

  • AbbyDouglas

    I’m a size 0 in the waist and very petite, but I have a chest size of 32DD (to DDD depending on the time of month) – naturally, i.e. I was born this way. They developed about the time I was 14ish. Most of my friends are envious but in spite of the fact that society tells us larger chest sizes are better, the simple fact is clothes are not made for top heavy petite women. I am nearing 30 and was considering a breast reduction for all the reasons you discussed here. Not only is my chest an attention seeking part of my body which quite frankly I could live without, but it also prevents me from wearing nearly every single outfit I would like to wear. I know people say there are worse problems to have, but it truly is a bit of a downer when you search for months for a bikini that doesn’t make you look ridiculous and the search falls short. Clothes just don’t hang properly off a rack like mine ­čÖé I was considering a breast reduction for the last couple of years but finally came to the conclusion it is not right for me and am working towards getting to a point where I can be happy with feeling like these somehow wound up as part of my body. I admire you for having gotten to that point already. Sure, there are worse problems to have, but we all share our struggles and women and some may be surprised to find that even large chested women have to work to accept that part of their body as is.

    Just found The Conversation and loving it xxx

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