Glee's Naya Rivera on Getting Breast Implants at 18: 'Best $8K I've Ever Spent'

Former Glee star Naya Rivera knew exactly what she wanted to gift herself with on her 18th birthday: breast implants.

“I went around to all my teachers, told them I was going to be out. ‘I’m getting plastic surgery!’ I’d tell them gleefully,” Rivera says in her upcoming memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, excerpted exclusively in the current issue of PEOPLE. “My art teacher was stoked – when I told her she said that she too had fake tits and that she was very excited for me.”

Rivera – who also chronicles her battle with anorexia in her book – openly admits she has had body image issues, but says deciding to get breast implants had nothing to do with looking good for other people.
“My new boobs were a confidence thing, not a sexual thing,” says Rivera, who paid for the surgery with money she’d saved from childhood jobs on Family Matters and The Royal Family. “I’d never even taken my top off for a guy. I hadn’t had many opportunities to do so, but even if I had, my bra was always stuffed with napkins.”

Not that her classmates didn’t take notice of her new curves.
“As soon as I went back to school, [the boys] all practically fell over themselves rushing to see who could hold the door open for me,” she writes.

Rivera says her parents did not approve of her choice to get breast implants at the time, but she’s never second guessed herself.

“People have a lot of opinions about plastic surgery, but more than ten years after I got my boobs, they still make me happy when I look in the mirror. It might have even been the best $8K I’ve ever spent.”

Body Gratitude/Fighting Body Image Issues

Was tagged by @wiserstrongerbetter (eons ago) to list five things about my body that I’m grateful for.

1. My legs. Definitely my strongest asset - both in terms of physical strength, and also how I feel about the way they look. I biked a lot recreationally as a kid and to get around London as a teen. That basic muscle memory has served me well. I enjoy using these legs running and biking, and leg exercises are the ones I like doing most.

2. My hands. Maybe not an answer you’d expect about body image issues. From the age of eight until my late teens I had terrible eczema; my fingers (as well as my ankles, knees, and elbows) were horrible cracked scarred and bloody war zones. It was painful. It disgusted people. It was definitely an issue at school. There was so little I could do - all the cremes, ointments, steroids seemed to just keep the eczema under control at 8/10 where 10/10 is your fingers falling off (or wanting to cut them off). 

At age ten we studied locusts in biology class - I never admired an animal so much because it could completely shed its skin and emerge anew.

Today all that is gone except I lost a lot of pigment on the ends of my fingers so my hands tan like a camo pattern! But that’s about it. I do have a “stress finger” which I pick at, but on good days you’d never know… And that amazes me every day.

Also my fingernails look quite long - they’re set back nicely into my fingers (if that makes sense). If I was a girl I think they’d look amazing grown out and painted/polished ;)

3. Movement and strength. I appreciate just being able to move and function as much as I do. I’m not flexible like a yogi and I’m not graceful like a dancer. But I can run and bike, I can throw myself into workouts (which I may pay for later in DOMS), I can swim, I can hike - and I can do these for myself or share active experiences with family. That ability is an enrichment in my life that I’ll always love and I will fight to keep it that way for as long as possible.

4. My face.Oh my god the vanity! OK, OK, but hear me out.  Meeting people, being judged positively, and getting opportunities given just from first appearances does happen. You can call it privilege or whatever you like, but I think it’s a real thing in society. It has helped me meet the girl, get interviews, talk to people. I don’t think I’ve ever consciously traded on my face - I’m just not that good looking - but I think it’s helped in ways I’ve never truly thought about or appreciated.

I’ll be fifty this year so my skin is doing this annoying thing of not looking perfect and youthful, and if I’m not careful there’s a waddle coming …

Well that was uncomfortable. Let’s move right along.

5. My lungs. Dear god thank you for every day of breathing. I’m asthmatic and I’m dependent on a daily inhaler as well as a rescue inhaler. I have diminished lung capacity, but I have strong lungs. With regular medication I don’t think about my lungs much - which is the way it should be. When allergy seasons come, or when the weather turns cold, I’m reminded of this vulnerability. And then I remember all the days that have passed trouble free and I thank my lucky stars.

Tagging @katiegirlwanders, @insanitytakeover, @whatrhymeswithemily, @melanietris, @rosamaybefearless, @mentalpushups, @carolynrunsthisphd, and @almondsofjoy.

spacefox123  asked:

Hello! I have to do volunteer work at a bird shop called "the bird loft". Can you give me some bird care tips? It would mean a lot!

Hey there! Without a specific thing to work on, this is going to be a really general answer. I’m not sure if you’ll be working with parrots or softbills (finches doves etc) but this should cover some basics

1) respect space. Don’t push any animal to do anything they aren’t eager about. Read over a bird body language sheet like this one ( )

2) try not to wear heavy scented perfumes or clothes that are heavy scented. Birds have incredibly sensitive lungs and can get irritated quickly.

3) listen to the owners. While I don’t 100% trust most bird shops (enough birds are in rescues as is) they at least have more experience working with birds and have authority as owner

4) prepare to get pooped on. Birds poo every 10 mins or so and you’re likely to get it on you at some point. It dabs off easily with a paper towel and washes out. It has a very low bacteria count (bird bacteria is different than our own) it’s fairly clean and painless, but it’ll happen.

5) think of them similar to cats- they’re only gonna do what pleases them. Yelling if one bites or does something bad just rewards them. Only give attention when they are being pleasant. Ignore them totally when they’re bitey

5.5) birds don’t naturally bite. They’re not inherently bad. Any biting or posturing is in reaction to something you are doing that they’re not comfortable with. Listen to these reactions, it means something is wrong or happening too quickly.

6) expect it to be noisy

Let me know if you’re wondering about any specific aspect and I can try to answer that too!

anonymous asked:

"I’ll be here, in the shadows…" for Cornt

Finally finished another prompt! Ahhh! Still another 5 to go, but I’m plugging away! I was so happy to get a Cornt (Kent Parson & my OC Corey Henderson who is based on Swoops) prompt. I love writing about these loveable assholes who love each other and frequently call each other “asshole” affectionately. Here, Kent is asked to participate in a “body image” photo shoot along the lines of the ESPN body issue. Also, remember when I mentioned that Corey has a ridiculously adorable nickname for Kent that he actually likes? Introducing Kent “Sparky” Parson, ladies and gentlemen lol. Read more about these two in my fic “Ace of Hearts” (and coming soon: Ace of Diamonds) or anything tagged “Cornt lol” on my blog. Enjoy!

12. I’ll be here, in the shadows…

“I know I’ve done this before but it’s still a little unnerving…” Kent fidgeted with his robe.

Corey grabbed his hands to still them. “When have you ever been shy about getting naked?” He teased.

“When it involves a dozen strangers here for the sole purpose of seeing me naked.” Kent took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “This is fine, though. It’s always fine. This is what, the third time I’ve done this now?”

“Yeah. Trust me, I counted.” Corey winked at him.


“You’re going to be great – you always are. The photos will be fantastic, as usual. And sure, there are a dozen people watching, but they’re all professionals.”

“A dozen professionals plus one pervy boyfriend.”

“Exactly. So, go enjoy yourself in front of the camera while I watch. I’ll be here, in the shadows…” Corey wriggled his eyebrows.

Kent sighed, but ended it with a grin. “You’re such a creepy fucking weirdo.”

“Ever wonder what that says about you since you’ve chosen to be with me so long?”

“Why are you still talking?”

Corey laughed and stepped closer. He leaned in and kissed Kent gently, careful not to mess with the base layer of makeup he was wearing for the photo shoot. “You got this, Sparky. Knock it out of the park.”

Kent blushed. He always grew flustered when Corey used that nickname and he hated himself for liking it so much. Corey smirked, knowing full well what he was doing. He kissed him again, slipping one hand inside the opening of his robe at his chest. Kent smacked his hand away. “Easy, tiger. This is a body image shoot, not a fucking porno.”

“That’s next week, right?”

“Fuck off.” Kent laughed.

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