Here’s a song from my upcoming record! I was also featured singing a clip of this on Me in my Place back when my shoot was up. Enjoy!
(Lyrics posted below the video)
By: Katelyn Benton Copyright 2011
Somebody else’s love
Somebody else’s dreams
Somebody else’s life is
Right here in front of me
How long until I break
How long until they see
Something I cannot fake
Somebody’s dream has me
This can’t be right there’s been a mixup of some kind
The longer I stay in somebody else’s life
Somebody else has mine
Maybe I’ll hold my breath
Maybe I’ll pinch my skin
Will that wake me from this sleep
I have been living in?
This can’t be right my dreams have been here all this time
The longer I wait for somebody else’s life
The longer I’m stuck with mine
As most of you know, a photoshot I did for meinmyplace was recently posted. I was going through my collection on their site and noticed something…
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Wow, that’s a lot of notes! Most of the other photos have closer to 100-500 notes. 3,000 seemed suspiciously high. Because I’m a little bit of a social media nerd, I wanted to know why this photo, out of all of the other photos, got so popular.
What I found is kind of lame.
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Page after page of tumblr accounts that are mostly “thinspiration” – which, for those of you who don’t know, are blogs basically posting skeletal images of girls as a means to get or stay sick with anorexia and other eating disorders.
It seems that this one image, taken completely out of context, has done a lot of damage. So I wrote an open letter to Tumblr to kindly ask that they not re-blog this image for a pro-anorexia account. If you already have, expect to hear from me soon…
To all of the thinspiration blogs who have re-blogged this photo,
Hi! My name is Katelyn and this is a picture of my hips. This photo was originally posted by meinmyplace from a photo shoot I did for their site. The site promotes beautiful women of all shapes and sizes, embracing their sexiness and showing off their natural beauty. Because of this, I’ve been a huge fan of the site and when I got the chance to shoot for them, it was one of the most positive experiences of my life.
True, I have quite prominent hipbones. What is also true is this: The photo you are reblogging was taken during a photo shoot that was meant to promote inner beauty and self-love. I have very specifically struggled with body image issues and I especially know firsthand that posting pictures like this one, in a way that promotes anorexia, is extremely damaging and hurtful. While you are within your rights as a blogger to re-post photos you see and like, I would like you to consider removing the picture of me from your blog, because I do not want my body causing someone else harm.
Today is my last day as the featured model on meinmyplace. It’s been such a fun experience. Thanks to everyone who said such nice things! Here’s a few goodies:
I keep a web series on this site that documents adventures in ultra-marathoning and making a career in music. You can find them under the video tab up at the top under “Music and LSD Episodes.”
Here’s one of my favorites:
Here’s the making of the music video I posted a couple of days ago:
Thanks for everyone who tuned in today to KBPI for my on-air interview with Uncle Nasty! Here’s more info on the stuff we talked about!
First of all – you can buy my music here.
TOMORROW NIGHT I’m playing at Denver’s Swallow Hill. Click here for the show info. Let me know that you heard me on the Uncle Nasty show and get my CD for only $5 at the show!
Want to check out my videos? I have a ton of videos posted here on the site under the video tab. You can see everything from my award-winning music video to my adventures in running 100 miles. They’re also all in one place on my youtube channel.
And last, here’s all the ways YOU can connect with ME
LIKE me on facebook for news, shows, music, videos, pics, etc.
And check this BLOG daily for updates!
This week, I have been featured on the website Me in my Place. I wrote about doing the shoot a little while back and how extremely empowering it was. This week, watching the different pictures go up has been both very exciting and a little terrifying. I mean, there’s no going back now and it took a lot of guts for me to step out of my shell long enough to do this and figure out that it’s okay to love your body. I don’t usually go into fitness/health/diet/body image rants here even though I’d say it is a very dominating topic in my life as an athlete. There is so much negativity being fed to young girls and women on a daily basis. I’d love to be part of a different type of beauty movement, something that supports strong, confident, happy women, of every shape and size. Not only the skinny and tall and not only because they look good in designer clothes.
Now that the photos are up, I have been getting a lot of support and positive feedback from friends and loved ones. I’d have to say that the only real negative side I’ve had with this was my initial reaction to one comment on one of the photos that posted later in the week. Whoever was looking at that photo really didn’t like how I talked about myself in my quotes. Obviously, it’s not my goal to have everyone like me and I don’t need this person’s approval for me to feel complete, but what I hated about it is how it immediately made me feel like withdrawing. It made me feel like I needed to be embarrassed or ashamed that I had shared my accomplishments and attributes with the world and that I should have instead been pretty and quiet.
It’s so gross how my natural reaction at first was to just feel squashed – as though I had my head in the clouds with this experience, learning to let go of insecurities, engaging in an attitude of loving myself and showing that to the world in hopes that it is contagious and it will spread, and then someone else’s silly comment made me feel like I should be embarrassed. When really, there should be more confident women out there telling the world what they are capable of. Thicker skin = grown
(hops off soap box)
My Me in my Place shoot is beginning to post today, starting with this charming photo of Thomas and I in matching outfits and matching expressions