Guest Post: Fair Anita Founder Joy McBrien on Body Image and Sexual Violence

CONTENT WARNING: This post will discuss sexual violence and rape. Please stop reading now if these topics are triggering for you.

I first met Joy McBrien at a women’s leadership conference that she’d organized with several other young women, and was immediately struck by her openness and generosity of spirit. When I found out she’d created Fair Anita, I knew we needed to spend some time talking. As we did, Joy told me about her experiences being raped and how it had impacted her body image. She also told me that, like many women, she assumed how she looked was at least partially to blame for what had happened to her and we agreed that sharing her story here could have an impact. Both as a powerful act of reclamation for her and an opportunity to reach and help any women who were in similar situations and struggling for clarity.


Boho Jewelry and a Babydoll Dress

Aso Curve chiffon soft babydoll dress, tibetan rings, Michael Kors Selma large, Breckelles gladiator sandalsBohemian Jewelry Tibetan rings

Dress- Asos Curve (low stock, similar here and here)

Jewelry- Flea market in Goa, India

Sandals- Amazon

Bag- Michael Kors

I’m new to the babydoll dress style, I don’t think I’ve ever worn one before and I think I have been missing out! They’re so flattering and airy, talk about perfect for summer. All of my jewelry is from Goa, India. If you’ve never been, shopping in India is amazing, especially the Goa flea markets. I absolutely love the Tibetan rings I have on here, they are so unique and only one seller had them in the entire flea market. My shoes are from Amazon, they are the only fashion purchase I have ever made from Amazon and I’m surprised at how well they’ve lasted. I might have to try shopping a little more on Amazon, any tips?


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Weekly Kitty:


(First seen on Instagram.) There are two cats in this picture. Look hard.

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Yes, yes, yes to Crystal’s white moto dress

In honor of Earth Week, Threads 4 Thought is offering a whopping 40% off everything on their site. It was all I could do not to order about $900 worth of stuff – their tees are fantastic, and I’m looking forward to trying out this jacket. Use code GIVEASHIT for the discount.