Chezzi Denyer Reveals Why She Hit Back At A Photo Of Her 'Dimply Arse'
Grant Denyer's wife Chezzi has spoken out about why she posted a paparazzi photo of her 'unprepared' body.
Speaking exclusively to 10 daily, the mother-of-two revealed that when she first saw the photo, taken while on holidays with her husband last year, on the publication's website she experienced "a bit of a 'they finally got me' moment."
"For the last 10 years I was hiding so no one could get a picture like that of me," she said. "But, last year, I told my husband I was sick of hiding because you will never feel good enough. Even when I was at my thinnest I didn’t wear shorts because I didn’t feel I could."
Frustrated at the way the "gorgeous" photo "keeps reappearing", the 39-year-old decided to write a lengthy post on Instagram detailing her reaction to it.
"So what?" she wrote. "I have a big, dimply arse. It droops. It's lumpy. It's dimpled. But my husband likes it, and I like it. So what?".
Chezzi said the thing that "hurt her the most" about the photo being made public were the messages of commiseration from friends and family members.
"They were like 'I'm so sorry' and I just felt really angry about the reaction," she said.
That, said Chezzi, is when her own attitude to the photo began to shift.
"I remember I just looked at it and thought, 'you know what, that's not a great photo' ... but then I was like 'stuff you'," she said.
So I wrote up a very angry post and put it up. Then about 10 minutes later I had a freakout and was going to take it down when I saw how many likes it had gotten and how many comments.
Chezzi said she felt her decision to speak up was a "huge step forward" in her journey towards accepting her body.
"I think back now to how I used to be so scared to have someone take a photo of my body and now that it's happened it's like ... I didn't die. I'm still here," she said.
Chezzi said the photo also ignited a shift in her attitude towards dieting and how she chooses to experience the world around her.
"I was so worried before that I would just miss out on so many experiences -- I wouldn't go jet skiing, I wouldn't go on rides with my daughters. Plus, I always felt like I was on a diet," she said.
For Chezzi, however, the two main reasons behind her decision to "accept her body the way it is" were her daughters, Sailor and Scout.
"I want my daughters to have better role models in the world," she said.
"Because when I was in my 20s the dieting I did was extreme and I don’t want them to have to go through that or ever feel shame about their bodies. I want them to be able to live life and say this is what I look like, stuff you, I’m beautiful."
Feature Image: AAP