Eight people strip down and share their stories of learning to love the skin they're in
TORONTO , Jan. 9, 2020 /CNW/ - NOW Magazine ("NOW" or "NOW Magazine") today released its annual Love Your Body issue on 800 news stands across Toronto and online at nowtoronto.com, reaching 2.5 million monthly of the most important reader demographic in Canada.
This issue marks the fifth consecutive year that NOW Magazine has released a Love Your Body issue, each featuring a variety of people from different backgrounds, posing nude and sharing their own personal journeys with body positivity, a trending topic world-wide.
Past issues have included a trans burlesque performer, a basketball player who uses a wheelchair, and a pregnant activist, all stripping down to celebrate body positivity.
As one of NOW Magazine's most-widely read editions of the year, past issues have been featured internationally in publications like Daily Mail, Self, People Magazine and The Huffington Post.
Curated by NOW editors Kevin Ritchie , Natalia Manzocco, Samantha Edwards and Radheyan Simonpillai, and shot by Samuel Engelking , today's issue of NOW includes profiles and stunning photography of eight people who bared all (literally and emotionally) to share what life is like in their skin.
The cover features Leisse Wilcox, a life coach and podcast host who shares how her breast cancer and subsequent double mastectomy rebooted the relationship she had with herself.
Other participants include Roxy Menzies , a fitness instructor who posed at eight months pregnant; Kayla Logan , a self-love advocate who's traveled North America to pose in her underwear as part of an ongoing body positivity project, and Mackenzie Kundakcioglu , a nonbinary barber who discusses finding their own balance between masculinity and femininity.
"This issue is a real labor of love at NOW," said NOW Magazine lifestyle editor Natalia Manzocco. "We are so grateful for our inspiring, incredible participants. Their stories prove that self-love is a complex, ongoing journey; that confidence and self-appreciation can often come from surprising places; and that it's never a bad time to learn to celebrate yourself.
The 2020 Body Love issue features:
- Jaime Eisen , writer, communications strategist and cam performer
- Juan Medina , public health professional
- Kasha Blu , mother
- Kayla Logan , body positivity and mental health advocate
- Leisse Wilcox, speaker, podcast host, life coach
- Mackenzie Kundakcioglu , barber
- Maxx Daviid, model
- Roxy Menzies , body movement instructor
"This type of ground-breaking content is exactly why protecting the voice of alternative weeklies is crucial," said Brian Kalish , CEO of MediaCentral/Publisher of NOW Magazine, who purchased NOW Magazine in December 2019 . "We are thrilled to continue to support the talented editors, writers and photographers at NOW to give them the platform to share these types of human-interest stories that just aren't being published in mainstream media."
NOW Magazine's Love Your Body issue is available on news stands across Toronto from today until January 16th and online at nowtoronto.com.
Photography credit: NOW Magazine, Samuel Engelking .
About NOW Central Communications Inc.
NOW Central owns and operates NOW Magazine and nowtoronto.com. NOW is Toronto's weekly news and entertainment voice, published every Thursday. Reaching over 25 million annual readers, NOW has been a leading weekly publication that has defined and pioneered the independent and alternative voice for more than 38 years. NOW Magazine and nowtoronto.com are wholly owned subsidiaries of Media Central Corporation Inc. (CSE: FLYY, FSE: 3AT).
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