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I shower in front of my 18-year-old daughter and she’s seen me naked since she was a baby – people say it’s wrong, but I’m teaching her body confidence

A mother still showers in front of her 18-year-old daughter – to show her what a real body looks like.

Angela Karanja, 48, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, has been stripping off in front of Dee since she was a baby.

She sees no point in stopping now, even though Dee is an adult – beacause she wants to teach her about being comfortable in her own skin.

Psychologist Angela said she wants her daughter to know that bodies on social media aren’t real.

Psychologist Angela Karanja,48, and her daughter Dee,18, from Banbury. They shower and bath together to promote body positivity

Psychologist Angela Karanja,48, and her daughter Dee,18, from Banbury. They shower and bath together to promote body positivity

Angela said she was determined to teach her daughter about being comfortable in her own skin and taking baths together has played a huge part

Angela said she was determined to teach her daughter about being comfortable in her own skin and taking baths together has played a huge part

She said: ‘Our bodies are the vessels that we have to live in. This is what we have, we should be happy and proud of it.

‘Especially for girls, I think if we don’t show them what is real when they grow older they will get subjected to a lot of Photoshopped pictures and think they are not enough.

‘My idea is to show them what is real and when they see an edited picture it doesn’t threaten them and they know they are enough.’

Daughter, Dee Karanja, 18, a student, said: ‘This has made me feel comfortable because now I know what reality is like.

Angela said her daughter is  'confident' and 'happy' in her body, thanks to her efforts

Angela said her daughter is  ‘confident’ and ‘happy’ in her body, thanks to her efforts 

Angela and Dee brushing their teeth together. The pair regularly take baths and showers together, and Angela said that being naked is not 'revealing' anything. It's just showing her true self

Angela and Dee brushing their teeth together. The pair regularly take baths and showers together, and Angela said that being naked is not ‘revealing’ anything. It’s just showing her true self

Dee said that her mother's efforts have taught her body confidence and respect for herself

Dee said that her mother’s efforts have taught her body confidence and respect for herself 

‘We may not always love our bodies, but even so we should respect it because we only get one body.

‘If we love our bodies then no matter what anyone says you won’t feel bad about yourself.’

Angela said showering in front of her daughter from a young age has helped her daughter become ‘confident’ and ‘happy’ in her body.

She said: ‘We should help our young people be comfortable with who they are.

‘It is so nice to see the confidence in her own self as she has grown.

Angela said that first thing in the morning she will happily walk through the house naked to get to the bathroom

Angela said that first thing in the morning she will happily walk through the house naked to get to the bathroom 

Dee isn't bothered by seeing her mother naked around the house because she's been brought up that way to instil body confidence

Dee isn’t bothered by seeing her mother naked around the house because she’s been brought up that way to instil body confidence 

‘We know that people have different body shapes and all sorts, don’t forget I have things falling to the south.

‘It is important to show people do change.’

Angela said she will also walk around the house naked, and her daughter isn’t fazed by this as it is what she has been brought up around.

‘First thing in the morning, I will wake up and walk out naked to the bathroom,’ she said.

‘This is me, this is who I am before I wear clothes.

‘When we come to terms with who we are nothing out there threatens you.

‘Confidence is not about the clothes I am wearing or the make-up I have.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I wear nice clothes but it is not to conceal or make people think I am someone else.’

Angela said people will tell her she is brave and some people will question why she does it.

She said she always chooses to ‘educate’ people on why she does it rather than argue with them.

Angela said: ‘People tell me that I am subjecting children to something they shouldn’t see.

‘I am like, “Ok, you’re telling me that my children should not know I have breasts or a bum?”.

‘When I am naked it is not like I am opening myself up. It is me, being me.

‘Those who object say I should not show them my parts but children should know how to feel comfortable in themselves.’

Recently, Bradley Cooper revealed that his dad was ‘always nude’ and would ‘take showers with him’ when he was a kid.

Bradley said this has made him comfortable being nude when his six year older daughter is around.


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