Tracing My Lady Mustache, Soft belly, and Saggy Breasts In My Family Tree! Kindra’s Story

4 Posted by - July 10, 2015 - Birth, Motherhood, Prenatal, Self-Love
Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

I have to admit, having met Kindra a few times before taking these photos I would have never thought the words “lady mustache, soft belly, and saggy breast” would be something she would write.  I was entranced by her strong and confident presence and gorgeous appearance since the first moment I took her hand into mine. – Jade

Kindra’s story: It can be quite compelling to look back at your family tree and make connections to the physical traits passed down to you, especially from the women. Some you embrace wholeheartedly, while others you wish would have skipped a generation.

For me, on my father’s side of the family, I can trace my thick and contoured eyebrows back to his mother. I am the only grandchild who got her eyebrows, and I feel so lucky and connected to her because of them. She probably could have left out the hairy upper lip though.

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

On my mother’s side, I can see myself too. I think back to Christmastime at my grandparent’s house, and remember staring at my grandmother’s petite body with her protruding round belly, and her pants pulled tight over it. I knew she was too old to be pregnant, and was often confused by its existence. My mother also had a belly, but much smaller. It always looked so odd on her body since everywhere else she was thin. As I started to go through puberty and mature, I realized that my grandmother had passed the same soft and round belly down to me.  This wasn’t the only “gift” handed down from my mother’s side of the family;  you can’t forget my saggy breasts! I was about 7 when we would visit my great grandmother in the nursing home. My mother would refill her cookie jar and help her bathe. I could see how leathery and loose her skin had become, but what really stood out for me was her breasts. They were like deflated balloons hanging down to her mid section. I had seen my mother naked before and knew that not all breasts looked like my great grandmothers. I guess this particular trait decided to skip two generations.

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

I could trace where my lady mustache, soft belly, and saggy breasts came from, but what about the stretch marks and grapefruit sized areolas? I guess some aspects of your body you start to realize are just unique to you.

In high school, I felt comfortable with my body when I had clothes on, a slightly loose shirt and supportive bra can do wonders, but being naked was another story. Into my college years, I  felt more secure about my body. If I was to be naked in front of someone, they would have to accept me for who I was. It was kind of a blessing in a way;  it took away the worry that someone wanted me just for my body. (That is with the assumption most 20 year olds do not have saggy boob fetishes.)

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

Today, I am 34 and 8 months pregnant. I believe my body has always been ready to embrace pregnancy, but I never realized it until now. I can rub my plump belly and be proud of it. My huge areolas will come in handy when my little baby is searching for breast milk. Oh no, I might get stretch marks and saggy boobs, HA, I already have them! I feel fortunate that I don’t have fears about how my body will be different after pregnancy. I don’t have to say goodbye to perky breast and a tight body because that was never me.  I feel like I  can finally embrace the body that I have always had, and be grateful to the women in my family who have shared parts of their beautiful bodies with me.

Kindra by Jade Beall

Kindra by Jade Beall

-Jade Beall is co-founder of A Beautiful Body Project. To book a private shoot in her Tucson studio for yourself, email jade{at}abeautifulbodyproject.com You can see her work at www.JadeBeall.com

A Beautiful Body Project is a non-profit organization made up of photographers all over the world who don’t use photoshop to digitally alter people’s bodies and instead celebrate people and their bodies just as they are! Please consider donating or buying a copy of the book The Bodies Of Mothers!

1 Comment

  • Roy Snyder July 11, 2015 - 1:50 am Reply

    I love your Beautiful body project. I have always though that the human body was not something to be ashamed of no matter how it looked because everyone is difference.I have not saw any of your pictures that were not done in good taste.To bad their is not a for men like this.In case you wonder i’m A 71 year old male.

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