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Want An Honest Look At How Motherhood Changes Women's Bodies? Here You Go!

We're inundated with pictures of celebs who just gave birth, punctuated by headlines touting how they "got their bodies back" in record time. By record time, I mean a completely unrealistic amount of time. And the fact is that a woman's body is often forever changed by having children. This is not a bad thing! Photographer and mom Ashlee Wells Jackson wants all of us to recognize and appreciate how childbirth, breastfeeding, and motherhood change women's bodies. I'd love for both my daughter and my son to grow up seeing these images instead of the ones of "perfection" they currently see every time we go to the grocery store.


Check out Ashlee's Facebook page for the project or learn more on her website.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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