A lot of women — at least in this country — get caught up in the notion that one body type is ideal and that others are, well, other or not good enough. The fashion industry, the media and the patriarchy (yes, the patriarchy) contributes to this, but so do we. When we call another woman ‘fat’ or when we “nicely” skinny-shame our friends; when we hate on our bodies for their normal curves, or when we pick ourselves apart in the mirror and turn to unhealthy control methods.
But once we stop and demystify the body, we can start seeing it for what it really is — a beautiful, diverse, flawed, amazing, resilient thing.
1. Surprise! Everyone has a belly after they eat or are bloated.
It’s normal. If you have a food baby, you’re totally not alone.
2. The body is an amazing thing capable of withstanding great pain and change — not to mention, giving life to another being.
Plenty of women get stretch marks and saggy boobs — and it’s OK. Perfection via a flat tummy is a lot less important than the beauty attained through becoming a mother.
3. Every body is capable of being beautiful on the runway or a beach. Women who embrace their bodies with confidence work against the damage done to society. Regularly seeing women of all body sizes normalizes every body type. Also, how hot is she?
Women who embrace their bodies with confidence work against the damage done to society. Regularly seeing women of all body sizes normalizes every body type. Also, how hot is she?
4. Women have the right to embrace the word ‘fat’ — while making a living as a model.
Talking about the language we use means changing the way we think about ourselves and others.
5. Everyone knows that Instagram is curated, but did you know that some awesome women decided to be upfront about the “perfection” that we’re fed everyday?
6. What we see online or in magazines doesn’t always reflect the truth — here, we see ‘perfection,’ but what we don’t know is that there’s a real story behind it. A darker story.
7. Women also turn their bodies into actual art after surviving cancer.
8. Women like Stefania Ferrario are fighting against the idea that a model can’t have a bigger body.
9. “Remember you are beautiful as you are – the girl in the magazine does not even look like the girl in the magazine.”
10. “Beauty,” in many ways, is a trend, since what has been considered “beautiful” has changed many times over throughout history.
Don’t let a blip in time make you feel bad about yourself.
11. Fit does NOT equal “skinny” and size is not an indicator of beauty — according to this fitness expert and designer.
12. Models may seem like they have an amazing life and a naturally gorgeous figure, but many (not all, of course) suffer disordered eating just to stay within an unrealistic size-frame.