By Salam Fatayer Radio Milwaukee Published Apr 12, 2023 at 3:01 PM

They lift your spirits, prompt you to think, make you feel grateful, and inspire you to do more. They connect you to our community – in a positive way -- shining a spotlight on what is good about Milwaukee. These are "Uniquely Milwaukee" stories from Radio Milwaukee.

Body shaming is nothing new. It has existed throughout history and affects women of all ages, leaving physical and emotional scars.

More recently, a movement emerged in the early 2000s and persisted in the years following that encouraged an unhealthy, ultra-thin body ideal. This era was marked by a fashion trend known as “heroin chic,” while social media platforms like Tumblr also played a role by helping spread harmful “thinspo” content like wildfire.

Anyone who experienced the effects knows the ongoing need for body positivity and acceptance in today’s society. So, as we start our focus month on bodies here on "Uniquely Milwaukee," we decided to ask two women the same question: How do you feel in your body?

That was the start of our dialogue with Yasmine Mohamed Ahmed, a Black Muslim woman who is plus-sized, and Iuscely Flores, an undocumented social-justice activist. Despite being asked the exact same thing, they had completely different answers, revealing body image's unique and personal nature.

Listen to "Real Women, Real Bodies: Two Women Get Candid About Their Body Image Journeys" on Spreaker.

On this episode, you’ll also hear HYFIN’s Element Everest-Blanks join me to provide even more insight as we explore our complicated relationships with our bodies. Make sure you check back with us all throughout this month as the conversation continues with people from all corners of our community: