16 steps to improve your body image
- 1. Remove unhealthy conditioning. Get rid of fashion magazines, change the channel during commercial breaks, etc.
- 2. Replace with healthy conditioning. Hang pictures of beautiful women with diverse body types, follow body positive blogs, etc.
- 3. GET NAKED. Spend some time getting comfortable with your body.
- 4. Don't be so critical of others. This only breeds criticism in ourselves. Accept others, accept yourself.
- 5. Don't allow yourself to think negative thoughts. Pretend you love yourself, and eventually you will.
- 6. Accept compliments. Learn to just say, "Thank you," rather than brushing them off.
- 7. Compliment yourself. purposefully list the things that you like about yourself.
- 8. TAKE LOTS OF SELFIES, UNTIL YOU LOVE THEM ALL.
- 9. Wear the clothes that make you feel beautiful. Regardless of what others think.
- 10. Do your hair and makeup the way that YOU like.
- 11. Spend some time alone doing the things that you like to do. (Masturbate. A lot.)
- 12. Treat yourself to something nice.
- 13. Wear sexy underwear even if no one else will see them.
- 14. Surround yourself with people who build you up.
- 15. Confront the people who tear you down, and cut them out of your life.
- 16. Always ask yourself "Why do I feel this way? Who says this isn't beautiful?"
With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.
The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.
The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.
Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.
"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”
Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.
But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”