Let them stare
I spent so many years dreading the summer holidays, stressing myself out months before with fad diets and manic exercise to reach the unobtainable perfect bikini body. I can't tell you how liberating it is to be free from this now and I really want to inspire other women, particularly over 40 to stop worrying and start enjoying the summer more, just as they are.
What better way to make that statement and continue to challenge my own body confidence by doing a shoot in a lingerie shop window!
Rachel Peru, wearing Empriente swimwear, photographed by Silverymoon Photography
If we saw more women over represented with swimwear brands in advertising perhaps we would all feel a lot more positive about our own bodies. One lady recently left a comment on my social media saying, "I will be 45 soon and I don't feel represented in anyway. I feel women in their forties are invisible". I hear these kind of comments from women all the time and it drives me mad that advertising is making us feel this way. That's my driving force in doing what I am doing.
River Island swimwear, model Rachel Peru, Silverymoon Photography
I think it's important to acknowledge I wasn't always this body confident, infact it has taken me until I reached my forties to feel this way. It's been a gradual process, gained by constantly challenging my insecurities and it's ongoing.
A massive thank you to Debbie at The Fitting Rooms, Ilkley for letting me take over her shop window for the afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/TheFittingRoomIlkley
Boo Hoo swimsuit, Rachel Peru, Trudy Beau Stylist, Silverymoon Photography.
Let them stare, it's time to stop worrying about what other people think and enjoy life right now.
Pour Moi bikini, Rachel Peru, SilveryMoon photography
"Despite knowing they won't be here for long, they still choose to live their brightest lives"
#rupikaur This sums up my thought on life perfectly, no more wasting time on worrying about my imperfections and lumps and bumps. This is me!
Top New Look, Bottoms Miss.Guided, Rachel Peru, Trudy Beau Stylist, Silverymoon Photography
I can't thank the team that worked on this with me enough #dreamteam
Photographer Mya Fawcett https://www.silverymoonphotography.co.uk/about.html
Pour Moi bikini. Rachel Peru, Fletcher Films
"I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples" #mothertheresa