WHITNEY DWYER: There is sometimes when I’m just like ‘F’ it, I wear bikinis and I
let it all out. WHITNEY DWYER: My name is Whitney and I’m creator, editor, founder of mypostbabybody.org. WHITNEY DWYER: Part of the reason why I started My Post Baby Body was because people used to constantly ask me if I was pregnant when I wasn’t. You keep that on, it’ll protect you. I’ve two children. My oldest is Brendan, he is six years old and my youngest is Grayson and he’ll be four next week. WHITNEY DWYER: This was when I was very swollen. This was after Brendan was born. This is baby Grayson and again, most of the pictures I
have of me after having kids, have a kid on me or in front of me. Oh you want to take
a picture? Let me grab my child and put him strategically in front of the places I want
to hide. WHITNEY DWYER: I, you know, I do what everybody does. So, I Googled, like post-baby body,
postpartum bodies and all I found were workout tips and dieting tips and wraps and all these things that women are expected to do to their bodies that no one would ever ask a man to do. When was the last time someone asked a man to wrap themselves in anything? WHITNEY DWYER: I didn’t really wear bikinis.
I didn’t really know what to wear at the beach. Once, I started doing My Post Baby
Body, I was like, I’m going to wear a bikini, like defiantly. And I remember getting to
the beach and I was like, okay now is the time Whitney, it’s hot. What are you going
to do? You’re going to chicken out or you’re going to go for it? And so, I took my cover
off and no one cared. WHITNEY DWYER: Toilet seats, always up. WHITNEY DWYER: I have seven moms coming and they’re going to take some nice shots in
their undergarments. We really want to make sure, we show the ‘my post baby bodies’. WHITNEY DWYER: I love my mama’s. That’s
my favourite thing about this project; just meeting different moms. WHITNEY DWYER: Okay the door is open.
LADY: Okay. WHITNEY DWYER: I’m so happy you’re here.
LADY: You look so beautiful. WHITNEY DWYER: Thank you, so do you. PAMELA ALLEN: My kids are 29, 20, 17 and 13.
And this is my journey, I’ll be 52, take that back, 53; I’ve had four caesareans.
So, I never showed my body off like this before. SAMARA JONES: Having the baby belly and things like that and honestly it took me a very,very
long time to become comfortable with my, I call it my fluffy, to become comfortable with
my fluffy, but I’m like, it’s just a part of me. I’m ready.
PAMELA ALLEN: Let’s do this. LILY ANDREWS: I found Whitney on Instagram and I messaged her and I asked her what about
post-abortion bodies or post-miscarriage bodies because I had an abortion and my body has
changed a lot. My skin is different, my hair is different, my cycle is different and she
wrote me back and said that I’d be welcome to participate that like no one had reached
out this far because there is so much shame and silence around it. LADY: Kind of tilt your head as you’re doing it. LILY ANDREWS: It’s already been like a huge confidence builder. I hope that other women
will read my story and they will feel like they’re not alone. WHITNEY DWYER: Shannon is at 1:00, Lily is
at 1:30, Anya will be at 2:00. Studies show that just being around other women raises
your serotonin levels, like women like being around other women and it, and it makes them
happy. And in the photo shoots, women are talking about their babies, talking about
their experiences. PAMELA ALLEN: No…! We’re seductive but not sexy. WHITNEY DWYER: Most women do the project to
re-claim their bodies and really just own it like this is who I am, this is my body,
this is the state it’s in. WHITNEY DWYER: I think we would love to say that we’re not affected by the media and
that it doesn’t impact us, but, it does! It does. Our appearance is not affirmed in
the media. Why am I not on a billboard? I’ve yet to see a stomach like mine in a magazine. WHITNEY DWYER: I’ve been everywhere between
a size zero and in some places I’m a size 12, although I think really I’m a size 10;
each and every trip in. My mind is in a state of being happy and satisfied with my body
and doing what I want to with it because you really only get to live once and who wants
to live their life not in a bikini – if they want to be in a bikini.