A 23-year-old woman has stopped wearing a bra to start a 'saggy boobs' movement


B00Mer
#1
A 23-year-old woman has stopped wearing a bra to start a 'saggy boobs' movement



Growing up, Chidera Eggerue hated her body because of her self-proclaimed "saggy boobs." But when she turned 19, she stopped wearing bras, embraced her breasts, and learned to love herself.

Now 23, Eggerue, who has a blog called the Slumflower, spreads her message of self-love and body positivity through the #SaggyBoobsMatter social-media campaign.

The movement seems to have struck a chord within the body-positivity community and is picking up steam on social media, especially on Twitter and Instagram.

"As much as there's progress, we still have a long way to go when it comes to the way we speak about women's bodies," Eggerue told INSIDER. "The body-positivity movement can often be harder for slim women to participate in, because we have body hangups, too."

The award-winning blogger, who is based in London, often shares screenshots of messages she's received from people who find her posts inspirational.

On January 21, Eggerue shared a direct message from an anonymous Twitter user who praised her campaign:




"I am a 'saggy-boobed woman,' I've always felt ashamed about it. But you've come along and made it look sexy and by you embracing it, it's also encouraged me to [do] so," the message said.

In a different message shared by Eggerue on January 21, another anonymous Twitter user wrote that the blogger's posts were relatable.



"I was like the only girl with the saggy boob problem, so I would try to Google ways to make them perkier. I'm so glad to see someone taking a stand and shedding light on the fact that it's natural," the woman wrote.

Eggerue explained that she especially loves hearing from mothers who are learning to love their postpartum bodies.

"It's been the most exciting to receive messages from breastfeeding mothers expressing and celebrating how happy they feel to have found this hashtag because they've felt so much shame in their bodies, even though they're taking part in the beautifully natural process of feeding their newborn babies," she said.

But the response hasn't been entirely positive.

"I've received a lot of ignorant comments from horrible men and confused women," Eggerue said.

The blogger told BuzzFeed News that people may have responded negatively to her posts because they're not used to seeing women with saggy boobs. At one point, a picture of Eggerue was included in a body-shaming meme.



"It was quite hurtful to see that a stranger had gone to my page, stolen a photo of me that I took on my birthday, and thought it would be a good idea to turn it into a meme comparing women to phone battery life," she told BuzzFeed. "My photo was compared to a dying phone battery, meaning that I was seen as unattractive."

The meme got even more attention when it was shared by Don Jazzy, a Nigerian music producer who has a large following.

"What was more hurtful was seeing the meme shared by a famous Nigerian musician with a very large audience, so the comments were full of strangers laughing at my body," Eggerue continued.

Eggerue shared a screenshot of the meme, claiming that Jazzy "body-shamed and slandered" her. The next day, the musician apologized and deleted his post. "Wasn't my intention to do that. Post has been deleted immediately. Pls accept my sincere apology," he wrote.



But the experience reminded Eggerue why she's working so hard to normalize saggy boobs.

"My biggest goal is to simply normalize nature. Not all natural boobs are saggy. Not all older women have saggy boobs. Boobs are just boobs," she said.



Eggerue is passionate about spreading this message because it's personal to her. Growing up, she thought her breasts were abnormal because she didn't see them represented in the media or stores.

"A lack of representation of saggy-looking boobs when I used to go bra shopping in [Marks & Spencer] [as a young teenager] made me realize that something is wrong with the way the world views women's bodies," she told BuzzFeed News. "The packaging would always have a picture of a white woman with perky boobs, yet when I'd try on the same bra in my correct size, my boobs just wouldn't look like the model pictured."



"It was so bad that at that age I had already decided that I'd get a boob job once I got my first job at 18," she said. "I reached 18 and didn't get a job, let alone a boob job."

Eggerue told INSIDER that at 19, she decided to stop hating herself.

"I grew tired of finding a reason to condemn myself and I felt exhausted by the idea of avoiding certain outfits that would reveal the posture of my boobs. I began by making small decisions like choosing not to wear a bra from the age of 19," she explained. "That then evolved into me refusing to feel intimidated by deep-plunge dresses and tops."

At that point, Eggerue said, she decided to stop wearing bras, which ultimately led her to become the body-positivity advocate she is today.



Although Eggerue started the campaign because of her own life experiences, #SaggyBoobsMatter is really about empowering others.

"For the women who look like me: Your saggy boobs matter," she told BuzzFeed News. "And from now until you die, what's going to matter, ultimately, is your character. Sometimes people are scared of what they haven't been taught to accept. We still have to exist loudly, though."

In the meantime, you can read the full transcript of the tweets included above.

The first message:
"You've probs had this message 100 times over but just in case you haven't heard it enough. Man. Your movement #saggyboobsmatter is stirring something in me. I am a 'saggy boobed woman,' I've always felt ashamed about it. But you've come along and made it look sexy and by you embracing it, it's also encouraged me to so. You've given me a softer lens to see myself boobs from. So thank you. I'm so glad you didn't leave saggy boobs out of the body positive conversation."
The second message.
"I LOVE this post so much!! I've always struggled with saggy boobs, and I got bullied a lot when I was in school. I was like the only girl with the saggy boob problem, so I would try to Google ways to make them perkier. I'm so glad to see someone taking a stand and shedding light on the fact that it's natural and some of us just can't help the way we were made!"
https://www.thisisinsider.com/slumfl...ovement-2018-2
 
taxslave
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#2
WHo cares if they are saggy? So long as they are visible.
 
Hoof Hearted
#3
Dang, those are saggy boobs!

At breakfast she probably has one in her coffee...the other in her oatmeal.
 
Danbones
+1
#4
Are you sure you are not thinking of baggy SOBs?




I have noe idea hoe I noe there will be such a thing BEFOE I google it, I just noe.
 
JLM
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

A 23-year-old woman has stopped wearing a bra to start a 'saggy boobs' movement



Growing up, Chidera Eggerue hated her body because of her self-proclaimed "saggy boobs." But when she turned 19, she stopped wearing bras, embraced her breasts, and learned to love herself.

Now 23, Eggerue, who has a blog called the Slumflower, spreads her message of self-love and body positivity through the #SaggyBoobsMatter social-media campaign.

The movement seems to have struck a chord within the body-positivity community and is picking up steam on social media, especially on Twitter and Instagram.

"As much as there's progress, we still have a long way to go when it comes to the way we speak about women's bodies," Eggerue told INSIDER. "The body-positivity movement can often be harder for slim women to participate in, because we have body hangups, too."

The award-winning blogger, who is based in London, often shares screenshots of messages she's received from people who find her posts inspirational.

On January 21, Eggerue shared a direct message from an anonymous Twitter user who praised her campaign:




"I am a 'saggy-boobed woman,' I've always felt ashamed about it. But you've come along and made it look sexy and by you embracing it, it's also encouraged me to [do] so," the message said.

In a different message shared by Eggerue on January 21, another anonymous Twitter user wrote that the blogger's posts were relatable.



"I was like the only girl with the saggy boob problem, so I would try to Google ways to make them perkier. I'm so glad to see someone taking a stand and shedding light on the fact that it's natural," the woman wrote.

Eggerue explained that she especially loves hearing from mothers who are learning to love their postpartum bodies.

"It's been the most exciting to receive messages from breastfeeding mothers expressing and celebrating how happy they feel to have found this hashtag because they've felt so much shame in their bodies, even though they're taking part in the beautifully natural process of feeding their newborn babies," she said.

But the response hasn't been entirely positive.

"I've received a lot of ignorant comments from horrible men and confused women," Eggerue said.

The blogger told BuzzFeed News that people may have responded negatively to her posts because they're not used to seeing women with saggy boobs. At one point, a picture of Eggerue was included in a body-shaming meme.



"It was quite hurtful to see that a stranger had gone to my page, stolen a photo of me that I took on my birthday, and thought it would be a good idea to turn it into a meme comparing women to phone battery life," she told BuzzFeed. "My photo was compared to a dying phone battery, meaning that I was seen as unattractive."

The meme got even more attention when it was shared by Don Jazzy, a Nigerian music producer who has a large following.

"What was more hurtful was seeing the meme shared by a famous Nigerian musician with a very large audience, so the comments were full of strangers laughing at my body," Eggerue continued.

Eggerue shared a screenshot of the meme, claiming that Jazzy "body-shamed and slandered" her. The next day, the musician apologized and deleted his post. "Wasn't my intention to do that. Post has been deleted immediately. Pls accept my sincere apology," he wrote.



But the experience reminded Eggerue why she's working so hard to normalize saggy boobs.

"My biggest goal is to simply normalize nature. Not all natural boobs are saggy. Not all older women have saggy boobs. Boobs are just boobs," she said.



Eggerue is passionate about spreading this message because it's personal to her. Growing up, she thought her breasts were abnormal because she didn't see them represented in the media or stores.

"A lack of representation of saggy-looking boobs when I used to go bra shopping in [Marks & Spencer] [as a young teenager] made me realize that something is wrong with the way the world views women's bodies," she told BuzzFeed News. "The packaging would always have a picture of a white woman with perky boobs, yet when I'd try on the same bra in my correct size, my boobs just wouldn't look like the model pictured."



"It was so bad that at that age I had already decided that I'd get a boob job once I got my first job at 18," she said. "I reached 18 and didn't get a job, let alone a boob job."

Eggerue told INSIDER that at 19, she decided to stop hating herself.

"I grew tired of finding a reason to condemn myself and I felt exhausted by the idea of avoiding certain outfits that would reveal the posture of my boobs. I began by making small decisions like choosing not to wear a bra from the age of 19," she explained. "That then evolved into me refusing to feel intimidated by deep-plunge dresses and tops."

At that point, Eggerue said, she decided to stop wearing bras, which ultimately led her to become the body-positivity advocate she is today.



Although Eggerue started the campaign because of her own life experiences, #SaggyBoobsMatter is really about empowering others.

"For the women who look like me: Your saggy boobs matter," she told BuzzFeed News. "And from now until you die, what's going to matter, ultimately, is your character. Sometimes people are scared of what they haven't been taught to accept. We still have to exist loudly, though."

In the meantime, you can read the full transcript of the tweets included above.

The first message:

"You've probs had this message 100 times over but just in case you haven't heard it enough. Man. Your movement #saggyboobsmatter is stirring something in me. I am a 'saggy boobed woman,' I've always felt ashamed about it. But you've come along and made it look sexy and by you embracing it, it's also encouraged me to so. You've given me a softer lens to see myself boobs from. So thank you. I'm so glad you didn't leave saggy boobs out of the body positive conversation."
The second message.
"I LOVE this post so much!! I've always struggled with saggy boobs, and I got bullied a lot when I was in school. I was like the only girl with the saggy boob problem, so I would try to Google ways to make them perkier. I'm so glad to see someone taking a stand and shedding light on the fact that it's natural and some of us just can't help the way we were made!"
https://www.thisisinsider.com/slumfl...ovement-2018-2


By the time she's 50 she'll likely be stepping on them!
 
Dixie Cup
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Well, I have "saggy" boobs too but wear a bra when I go to work, simply because my clothes fit better. First thing that comes off when I get home is the bra. Have never been able to find one that I find comfortable enough to wear any longer than I have to.
Just sayin'
 
JLM
+1
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

Well, I have "saggy" boobs too but wear a bra when I go to work, simply because my clothes fit better. First thing that comes off when I get home is the bra. Have never been able to find one that I find comfortable enough to wear any longer than I have to.
Just sayin'


I guess I'm lucky...………...neck ties are the only clothing article I can't abide, so don't. I might have one tie somewhere, I'm sure it's at least 30 years old. I guess my restrictive clothing is just a little higher on the anatomy than yours.
 
Tecumsehsbones
+3
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

Well, I have "saggy" boobs too but wear a bra when I go to work, simply because my clothes fit better. First thing that comes off when I get home is the bra. Have never been able to find one that I find comfortable enough to wear any longer than I have to.
Just sayin'

I'm Tecumsehsbones, and I approve this message.

Do what you want to do with your clothing, for whatever reasons you like, Dix. Boomster has no business telling you what to do with the twins.

"I'm not here for your entertainment"
-- Pink
 
B00Mer
+3
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Dix. Boomster has no business telling you what to do with the twins.

I posted an article, gave no opinions on the article.

Being that you seems to want an opinion, people should be themselves and do what makes them feel comfortable.

Same as breast feeding in public.. it's a natural part of life, only a prude would be offended by breast feeding in public.

It's 2019, at least Ontario sees no real difference between a man going shirtless or a women.
 
MHz
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#10
What time does the 'taste-test' begin?
 
Tecumsehsbones
+2
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

I posted an article, gave no opinions on the article.
Being that you seems to want an opinion, people should be themselves and do what makes them feel comfortable.
Same as breast feeding in public.. it's a natural part of life, only a prude would be offended by breast feeding in public.
It's 2019, at least Ontario sees no real difference between a man going shirtless or a women.

In a weird-ass way, you're a good man, Boom.

I'll try to remember that.
 
Twin_Moose
+2
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

Well, I have "saggy" boobs too but wear a bra when I go to work, simply because my clothes fit better. First thing that comes off when I get home is the bra. Have never been able to find one that I find comfortable enough to wear any longer than I have to.
Just sayin'

My wife does the same thing for the same reasons
 
MHz
-1
#13
Don't convert to Muslim and your groveling will be accepted, . . . again.
 
B00Mer
+1
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

In a weird-ass way, you're a good man, Boom.
I'll try to remember that.

I have 2 older sisters that are extreme Liberals and Feminists..

The only feminine issue I have is abortion... I understand that it's a woman's body, but I feel abortion is just an easy way out to a mistake.

Reason: I was adopted. My birth mother could have easily taken the easy way out today, not so easy in 1964.

So for me it is an issue with many conflicts.



My ex-girlfriend and I always agreed if she got pregnant, she would have an abortion.. I just don't want children at my age.

So I guess it comes down to, it's a woman's body and she has the right to do what she wants to do with it.. and to feel comfortable as well. Life is to short to give a shit.
 
DaSleeper
+4
#15
Seems like the law of gravity works on both men and women as they get older....
 
B00Mer
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

Seems like the law of gravity works on both men and women as they get older....

Not so buddy.. I was 242 lbs down to 197 lbs, pushing to 175 lbs.





Up to 100 push ups per day.. building muscle, using HGH and Testosterone and proper diet.. no more soda.

Trying to change my body..
 
DaSleeper
#17
The next time you drive through Kap, I may not recognize you
 
B00Mer
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

The next time you drive through Kap, I may not recognize you

No you won't.. just sent you a photo.. look at my face.. you can see the different..
 
Dixie Cup
+1
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

I guess I'm lucky...………...neck ties are the only clothing article I can't abide, so don't. I might have one tie somewhere, I'm sure it's at least 30 years old. I guess my restrictive clothing is just a little higher on the anatomy than yours.



I just meant that, despite having "saggy boobs" I would not go without a bra in public; but when I get home, it's the first thing (after boots in the winter) that comes off.
 
taxslave
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

Well, I have "saggy" boobs too but wear a bra when I go to work, simply because my clothes fit better. First thing that comes off when I get home is the bra. Have never been able to find one that I find comfortable enough to wear any longer than I have to.
Just sayin'

Just be thankful they are big enough to be saggy.
 
taxslave
+1
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

My wife does the same thing for the same reasons

Pics?
 
taxslave
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

Seems like the law of gravity works on both men and women as they get older....

True dat. All the hair that is missing off the top of my head is growing on my back.
 
Jinentonix
#23
Saggy boobs, pfffft. Here's I look at it/them. As long as your nipples are still pointing out and not at your feet, you're doing all right.

Ironically, for the average breast sized woman, bras actually contribute to droopage once they hit their mid 30s. The bra makes the surrounding, supporting muscles atrophy from lack of use.
 
Jinentonix
+1
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

True dat. All the hair that is missing off the top of my head is growing on my back.

Guess I'm one of the luckier ones. I'm almost 53 and still have a full head of hair that goes half-way down my back.
 
Danbones
#25
lol, just shy of 60 and no Viagra.
(thank the powers that be that I stayed away from the heart doctors)

That's how I get my share of un saggy boobs.
 
taxslave
#26
Just wait children. Actually most of my baldness is caused by wearing a hardhat 11 or 12 hrs a day.
 
DaSleeper
+2
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

True dat. All the hair that is missing off the top of my head is growing on my back.

And don't worry.....
As you get older, you can jump just as high as when you were young......
....................You just don't stay up as long
 
Ron in Regina
+3
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

True dat. All the hair that is missing off the top of my head is growing on my back.


......and from the ears and nose and eyebrows....& If I live long enough I don't even want to know where else it'll start sprouting....
 
MHz
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

. . . . from lack of use.

What sort of use?

Does the milk not stretch the skin and that is where the sag begins.
 
MHz
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

What time does the 'taste-test' begin?

Bloomer: Did you think you would be the tester rather than an infant, perv?

Seems like your addiction is flaring up again, time to feed you so much you gag on it.

That should take all of 5 minutes. Maybe I will include the rest of the collective as a bonus for you being a complete fuktard.