My name is Marissa Hastings and I started Your Breast Self because I want to empower other small-breasted women to change how they view themselves. Have you ever felt embarrassed or ashamed by your breast size? Have you felt frustrated by the lack of proper-fitting options for small-breasted women? Have you felt motivated by shame and insecurity to explore breast augmentation? Are you tired of criticizing your breasts every time you look in the mirror? Then this website is exactly for you!
I am 5’1 and very petite, and along with that comes petite breasts ( I am a size 32A). However rather than see my breasts as proportional to the rest of my body, I always saw them as my biggest flaw. I spent most of my life highly insecure about my breasts and wishing they were different.
If you are reading this, you’ve probably experienced many of the same struggles I encountered:
- Lack of proper-fitting bras. Push-up bras that gape, or bras that are too big in the cup, yet too tight in the band
- Limited selection of bras for smaller-breasted women in stores. Being told that a brand makes size 32A, but the store only sells that size online.
- Feeling completely flat-chested or “like a 12 year old boy” in sports bras
- Resorting to wearing a push-up bra under your sports bra
- Feeling completely unsexy and unshapely in your bikini
- Choosing not to buy a shirt you love because you can’t wear a bra under it
- Feeling misunderstood by friends, sisters, and mothers who have bigger boobs than you do
- Feeling shamed by the media for having small breasts
Because I was so insecure, I always thought that I would get breast implants. Many of the women in my family had them, and I thought I would do the same.
The Turning Point
However, recently I’ve embarked on a personal journey that has completely shifted my perspective on my body image. I can now say that I no longer want breast implants. And I can say that I feel confident with my figure in a way that I never have before. I never thought I’d feel the way I do now, and experiencing this shift makes me want to help other women get to this point and feel more confident.
How did this happen? Well, it wasn’t an overnight change by any means. My shift in mindset was the result of a long personal journey, and there were many contributing factors. You can read more about my personal journey here.
Now that I’ve reached this point in my own journey, I want to help other women with breast insecurities do the same. My goal is to share my own lessons and insights within a trusted community of women so that I can help others avoid the insecurity that I’ve experienced. I’ve heard some great feedback so far, and it inspires me to keep going.
I don’t wish to condemn plastic surgery. That is not my goal. In fact, I do think breast augmentation surgery is a great option for many women, especially those with breast deformities or those who have survived cancer. However, for the thousands of other women out there like me, my goal is to inspire them to see themselves in a new light — one that isn’t distorted by the media, plastic surgery, or aspirational brand campaigns. It’s time to redefine the approach to beauty and teach women that beauty is a mindset that we each have the power to define.
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