Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies: Ms. Kim Watson

We are honored to present today’s reflection on body image by Ms. Kim Watson, the Co-Founder and Patient Care Specialist at Community Kinship Life (CKLife), a New York-based organization that aims to provide the Trans community with the tools needed to achieve their personal goals while having a sense of community and Kinship. People from across the U.S. and around the world have benefited greatly from the selfless acts of Ms. Kim Watson and CKLife. CKLife offers surgery scholarships, clinic services, and other necessary assistance and support for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Ms. Kim will be the facilitator of our upcoming event, Transfeminine Show and Tell. Check out their Web site for more information.

For the past many years I have been struggling with body image, and I thought if I had larger hips, breasts and butt, I would be perfect.

I have not gone through any of these procedures because I began to reflect on the way other women pumped silicone into their body, which looks great, but I could not bring myself mentally to the point of taking such risks that could be damaging to my health.


I am a mother, a wife, and a business woman who has come to the decision of changing my body naturally in order to fix my body image, but to do it by cutting out calories, which is very difficult because I am a foodie. I have tried 24 Hour Fitness and Planet Fitness, but got into a car accident in 2011 which left me with three disks damaged in my lower back and neck. So I switched my routine into walking a lot, which has helped me, but not entirely because I am still struggling with my belly fat.

One method that I use is to wear one or two girdles or waist shapers, which leave marks on my body. I am hoping to return to the gym this week and consult with a personal trainer to help me live a healthier lifestyle.

Thank you for reading… Mrs. Kim


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