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Studio portrait photograph of Taryn Brumfitt.

Body image activist
South Australia | 2023 Australian of the Year

Taryn Brumfitt leads the Body Image Movement, an organisation teaching people to appreciate their bodies. Her documentary, Embrace, explored women’s body loathing and Taryn’s own path to body acceptance. Watched by millions of people across the world, it created a ripple of positive change.

In 2022 Taryn released Embrace Kids, a documentary that aims to teach young people to move, nourish and respect their bodies. She co-founded The Embrace Hub with body image expert Dr Zali Yager – a website filled with free, evidence-based, body image resources for kids, parents and teachers.

We weren’t born into this world hating our bodies, it’s something the world has taught us. And we know that kids and adolescents who appreciate their bodies are more likely to look after them. We’ve got to get this right for our kids.

Body image can be a complex puzzle but we’re in good hands with the next generation.

Embrace Unpuzzled 2022 by The Embrace Hub team

Since 2012, Taryn and the Body Image Movement team have been encouraging people to embrace their bodies. Much of their recent work has focused on helping young people appreciate their bodies in order to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. This artwork features the faces of children from the Embrace Kids film.

An artwork in the form of a cube with a set of nine portraits on each side accompanied by the words 'THE / Embrace / hub'. Each portrait has a plain background in one of six colours, including blue, green, red, orange, yellow and pink.

Embrace Unpuzzled from Taryn Brumfitt

This exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images supplied by the National Australia Day Council.

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