International Women's Day: Can we be 'body proud'?


Mothercare’s ‘Body Proud’ campaign has launched in time for International Women’s Day.

In contrast to the airbrushed perfection in most adverts, seeing women showing off their post-birth bodies is refreshing. One person tweeted: 

Refreshing, real and utterly wonderful. Thank you @mothercareuk Another step forward in helping us towards #bodyproudmums

Whether it’s when we go swimming or on a night out, comparing our bodies is something both women and men struggle with.

We know we shouldn’t, but we find ourselves looking for that ‘perfect standard’ – something the Bible both rejects and affirms.


God made people of all shapes and sizes.

In the womb, he knitted together our dumpy legs, our larger frames, our sticky-outy ears (Psalm 139:13). We want to look different, but God says we look ‘very good’ (Genesis 1:31).

So we don’t need to be ashamed about our bodies. God designed them, so we can accept their ‘perfect imperfections’.

This doesn’t mean, however, that we shouldn’t long for a perfect body.


In Genesis there’s painful comparison between two sisters:

‘Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.’ Genesis 29:16

Surprisingly, God chose to bring to bring salvation through Leah. And it’s this salvation which provides us hope as we struggle with comparison.

‘We eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who…will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.’ Philippians 3:20-21

 What you see in the mirror isn’t the final word. Jesus promises that those who follow him will enjoy a perfect body (1 Corinthians 15:44). So we look forward until then.

 But even better than our transformed body will be our transformed heart. We’ll no longer compare; we’ll rest in God’s perfect love for us - his people, of all shapes and sizes.