“This project is the illustration book from my experience toward my body named ‘Am I a mini curvy girl?’ — the story of this book regarded to the girl who thought negatively to her body shape.

The story starts with a girl that feels she is regarded as a baby in her family among her siblings. The girl also feels bad about her body shape, always thinking that she is overweight and larger than her classmates, leaving her disappointed in herself and without confidence. One day she travels to the UK, and finds that everybody seems indifferent about their body size, every size has a way to express its beauty. Then, her point of view toward her body changes. She starts to love herself and be proud of who she is.

The idea for this illustration book was taken from my own personal experience, and what I have discovered from my research about the young girls in the current society. When I was around nine years old, I still played with toys, watched my favourite TV programmes and went out together with friends. This is a massive juxtaposition to the nine-year-old girls now, who are concerned about their appearance and their weight. They begin to feel insecure in their body because of the mass and social media, which encourage them to feel embarrassed with their body.

When I was fourteen, I began feeling unconfident in my body. When I came to the UK to study, I saw many girls in different shapes and sizes, not caring about what others thought, being confident in what they were wearing, and being proud of themselves. I started to love myself and be more confident in my body.

After I realised this, I wanted to create something for the girls to feel loved and embrace themselves. I hope that the book that I created could give positive power for the girls to love themselves and to let them know that they are not alone.”

Find out more on Nadarampai’s website or follow her on Instagram: @matapitoustudio

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