Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thought for Thursday



Yesterday my future M.I.L brought over some magazines for me since she knows
a) I like to read
b) I like to collage and have run out of new magazines
c) I don't buy them like I used to
So last night I was flipping through the Glamour for this month and was blown away by the editor's note.
Apparently last month they ran the photo above of 'plus-size' model Lizzie Miller nearly naked. They were inundated with mail.
Not because of the nudity.
But for the simple fact that in the photo you can see her belly roll.
Something most women only see at home and (let alone models) deny exists.
Women and men alike were extolling them for their efforts at showcasing REAL women.
Let me just say that my heart skipped a beat when I read this.
First off, kudos to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve for being committed to photographing women of all body types!
What a great example you are setting for our society and for the young girls that read your magazine! Hats off to you!
A beauty and fashion magazine showing that there is more to beauty than just a pretty face and flat stomach.
Second, it got me to thinking about how much our society focuses on body image and how in recent years those images have become contradictory to each other.
How is a woman supposed to keep up when one minute stick skinny is 'fashion' and the next 'curves are the new black'?
I'm also excited for my little girl.
I don't want her to grow up and be self concious about her size.
Ever.
Yeah thats wishful thinking but I feel like if I instill it into her head now that she's beautiful no matter what size, shape her body is - when she's a teenager she will be more comfortable in her own skin.
Now, I know I talk about working out and my weight but it's not from a 'need for acceptance' or anything.
I do it to maintain my health and I feel better when I do.
Yeah I want to look good in a bathing suit but my world will not come to an end if I have an extra roll or dimple than I did at 21.
It's high time we changed the way women see themselves and how society perceives what is beautiful, sexy and healthy.
So way to go Glamour!!!
So my challenge to you is the same one that's in the magazine , finish this sentence:
"My Body Is........."
- the catch? you can't say anything negative.
I'll go first.
My Body Is....
a work of art, a gift from God and a creator of life.
I've only got the one and I want to make it last! It is meant to be loved, caressed and admired.
It was made to 'shake what my momma gave me' like a fool and enjoy the movement of my limbs. My body is a temple and I will treat it accordingly.
Your turn!

1 comment:

  1. I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:

    http://www.judgmentofparis.com

    They're all gorgeous.

    The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

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