Who will you be sending a Valentines card to this year? Glamour’s Charlie Howard has decided that this year, she will not be sending a love letter to her crush, but to her own body.
In a powerful letter, the body positivity columnist addressed her confidence issues and thanks her body for sticking with her in spite of any abuse she put it through. At the end of the letter, she beautifully signs off with “I am enough.”
Charlie Howard is the ambassador of Agent Provocateur, who have dedicated their Valentines advertising campaign to celebrating the female body and loving it not just in spite of, but because of any flaws.
You can read the full letter here:
To my Body,
This is a letter to say thank you: a thank you for all the times you loved me, when I showed you no love at all.
Our relationship in the past has been complicated. I spent years comparing you to numerous women I will never be, and against bodies I will never have. I based my value on what other people thought of me or saw in me,
seeking their approval before I sought my own.
My curves were shameful; my stretch marks hideous. My hair should have been different; my clothes a size smaller. I was never satisfied with what you gave me, even when you tried telling me I was enough.
I wanted to change you in the hope someone else would love me in the ways I could not love you.
But, in reality, you’ve loved me better than anyone else ever could; more than anyone ever will.
I put so much focus on looking perfect on the outside that I forgot about the love you offered me from within. And the truth is, Body, you were perfect already – I was just blind to it.
When I abused you, you never left. When I criticised you, you never fought back.
You have repaired and renewed me; kept my heart beating and my blood pumping. You never gave up on me throughout all the times I was ready to give up on you. And, years later, when I finally realised how
much I needed you, you continued to love me like you had from the beginning.
That is true love.
So this is a promise – a promise to love you, flaws and all, and to make up for the years I didn’t realise your worth. And while my skin might not be the smoothest, or my hips the smallest, you’ve taught me what I needed to know:
I am enough.
So we’re in this together for the long run. Because you may not be perfect, Body, but you’re the only one I’ve got.
All my love, Charli xxx