EMBRACE – the documentary

There’s only so much you can say in 140 characters or in a four minute television interview, so what happens when you’re bursting with so much more you want to say?

So much more you need to say in order to create global change? A born storyteller, Taryn Brumfitt knew there was only one way to share her journey from self loathing to self acceptance. Introducing Embrace, the documentary.

From following The Sydney Skinny, the world’s largest nude ocean swim dedicated to helping people ‘drown’ their body insecurities, to exploring the sexualisation and excessive photo editing of women in the media and the unethical tricks marketers use to target women’s insecurities, Embrace uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what women everywhere can do to have brighter future.

After posting a non-traditional ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo on social media, Taryn became the instant focus of media attention the world over. People were astonished – how could a woman possibly love her body ‘after’, with the visible signs of bearing three children? Many applauded her for her bravery in posting such raw imagery while many berated her for promoting obesity, going as far as labelling her a poor role model for her kids.

This got Taryn to thinking. The culture of body loathing and body shaming had reached epic proportions worldwide.

Lose weight, reduce wrinkles, fight cellulite; we’re constantly told to fight a battle to be someone other than who we are. Women and girls are constantly lead to believe they’re not as good as they should be. And why? Because every day they feel they’re being judged on their appearance and how far away it is from an unachievable ideal.

With the aim to raise $200,000 in 53 days through Kickstarter, a funding platform dedicated to making creative projects possible, Embrace is the most successfully crowd funded documentary in Australia reaching its target in just 12 days. By the end of its campaign, it received over $330,000 in pledges.

Seen by over 9 million people in under two weeks, the Kickstarter trailer was The Huffington Post’s number one news story with over half a million likes and comments. Best of all, Embrace was backed and supported by people all across the globe. Taryn’s inbox was flooded with thousands of emails from both women and men, sharing their stories and offering their support for the project.

With pledges from celebrities Rosie O’Donnell, Ashton Kutcher, Perez Hilton, Ricki Lake and Zooey Deschanel, it’s clear that Embrace is a documentary of worldwide importance.

A funny, touching, at times gut wrenching but above all, life changing documentary, the heart of Embrace is Taryn’s story. How she went from a body hater to a body lover. From being devastated by her perceived ugliness to proudly posing nude for the whole world to see.


Writer, speaker and free spirit, Taryn is the infectious voice behind The Body Image Movement, a global movement to shift the way women think about themselves, and in turn, feel about their bodies.

Her new book EMBRACE – My story from body loather to body lover  (foreword by Ricki Lake) tells her story from being bullied at school, to embarrassing toilet tales and what it means to be supported by celebrities including Rosie O’Donnell, Zooey Deschanel and Ashton Kutcher! Embrace will challenge you to reconsider the relationship you have with your body, but above all, will inspire you to embrace a life without boundaries so that you too can love the skin you’re in.


Signed copies of Embrace are available from http://shop.bodyimagemovement.com/product/embrace/


  • Erik glauvitz

    I have a 17 year old daughter that struggles with her body image. I wish she could see herself through my eyes. She’d see a truly amazing, beautiful woman. I commend you for your work. All women are beautiful and precious! Especially my daughter……she is my world!

  • Rumeau

    bonjour bravo pour votre démarche je vie à Toulouse en France et j’aimerai participer !!

  • Stacie Ogborn

    I love this idea so much! As a proud “uni-boob” and breast cancer survivor, I am proud of my fight and my decision to not go through reconstruction. If I was younger, the decision would have been much more difficult, but at 50 it was a no-brainer. Go Taryn!

  • Maria Cristina Forero

    Our bodies are the package in which we receive the gift of life, we shouldn’t be afraid nor ashamed of what it looks like. :)

  • joan davis

    i am a 60 year old granny, i have put on 2 stone since christmas and i hate it,but you know what my husband died at the age of 51,life is to short to worry about things like this. for my age im healthy,ive got a job, three great kids, and two fantastic grand children.if other people dont like what they see thats their problem not mine. lots of love ,good luck with your venture joan x

  • Alana Farrell


    I purchased your book yesterday. I haven’t been able to put it down! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I feel so connected to you. Thank you for giving me the power to love my body and myself.

  • Fábio Barbieri

    Im from Brasil – ceará. Im occupation therapy and i have very pacients that dont like your bodys. How Can I help Her? Please, she hates your bodys. Thank you e congratulation for your company.

  • My English class is learning about the negative impacts media has on our ideals of body image. This documentary is very eye opening for anyone who is stuck on the fact that their body is “disgusting” or “fat” because it gives a positive perspective on it. EMBRACE seems like an amazing campaign and I believe it will empower others to truly see the beauty in their bodies.

  • Sheila Stanley-Powell

    I have absolutely no clue who this morbidly obese woman staring back in the mirror is. Surely it can’t be me. I had a brief moment in time between 17-20 when the camera loved me, and I was content.The only thing I recognize is my teeth. My beautiful teeth.